Sandy Hook Elementary teacher Kaitlin Roig’s quick thinking protected her students from the shooting.
Miss Roig said: “I told them we had to be absolutely quiet. Because I was so afraid if he did come in, then he would hear us and just start shooting the door. If they started crying I would take their face and tell them, ‘I need you to know that I love you all very much and that it’s going to be OK.’ Because I thought that was the last thing they were ever going to hear and that we were all going to die.”
One mother, who gave her name only as Erin, said her daughter, Lauren, had been in Miss Roig’s class when they heard a noise. She said, “The teacher took them all into the bathroom, locked them in and told them they all had to be very quiet. She reacted so fast. She crowded 14 of them in a tiny space and made them stand on the lavatory. She got them all in there.” After some time, when the police were in the building, they knocked on the door. The teacher said, “You’re going to have to show me some ID before I open this door” and they slid a badge under. “She acted very heroically. She was amazing.”
Listen to Kaitlin Roig’s story.