Last Friday, December 14, 2012, our nation was rocked by the tragic massacre of 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. As President Obama stated, words are simply not enough.
Five days after this senseless act, we still don't have concrete answers, but we do have stories emerging that will inspire hope. The story of the principal, Dawn Hochsprung, and school psychologist, Mary Sherlach, lunging at the shooter to try and stop him. The story of teacher, Victoria Soto, who courageously hid her students in a closet and shielded them from the gunman. Stories of the quick action of first responders, and stories of the joy that the children and adults brought to friends, family and to life. In the midst of tragedy, there is hope.
As we move forward, let us remember this tragic day not in hopeless sorrow, but with hope in the midst of grief. These lives were not taken in vain. Each touched people in special ways, and left a mark on many hearts. They will not be forgotten. Our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and town of Newtown.
To read more about the lives lead by those taken in this tragedy, read Fox New's Victim's of Connecticut Elementary School Shooting Remembered by Family & Friends.