The Brave Teacher Who Threw Herself In Front Of Her Students During Gunfire
A brave teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School threw herself in front of her students yesterday, shielding them from gunfire, and sacrificing her own life.
Vicki Soto, 27, spent her final moments ushering students into a closet in a classroom, protecting them from gunman Adam Lanza.
“She took her kids, put them in the closet and by doing so she lost her life protecting those little ones,” Soto’s cousin, Jim Wiltsie, told ABC News.
“She was found huddled over her children, her students, doing instinctively what she knew was the right thing. I’m just proud that Vicki had the instincts to protect her kids from harm,” he continued.
“It brings peace to know that Vicki was doing what she loved, protecting the children and in our eyes she’s a hero,” he added.
Soto was one of three faculty members killed at the school, along with Principal Dawn Hochsprung, 47, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56.
Hochsprung allegedly buzzed Lanza into the school because she recognized him as the son of a faculty member.
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