CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING: Children describe terror as shooter kills 26

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
INSIDE: Reaction from parents and students at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Schoolchildren and their parents are describing the scene at a Connecticut elementary school today, as teachers locked doors and ordered the children to huddle in the corner or hide in closets.

Shots rang through the building, as a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children.

One man says his 6-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher. He says his son "grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door."

The father of one 7-year-old says the boy heard a noise that sounded like "cans falling." A teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door, and had the kids huddle in the corner until police arrived.

A teenager who rushed to the school to check on his sister, after hearing the gunfire from his nearby home, says the 9-year-old girl had heard a scream come over the intercom at one point.

As they left the school, the children -- some crying, others looking frightened -- were told by police to close their eyes, so they wouldn't see the carnage around them.
NEWTON, Conn. (WEAU) - We're starting to hear more reaction from parents and students at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of a shooting rampage Friday morning.

"We just ran like every other parent, and we found out we couldn't get to the school," a man at the scene told reporters. "Fortunately, fire departments nearby, they shuttled one in, including the kids to the side door of the firehouse."

"I was in the gym, and I heard a loud...well, I heard like seven loud booms," a girl said. "The gym teacher told us to go in the corner. So, we all huddled and I kept hearing these booming noises."

"I don't know how he came in because every time you go in, you have to ring a bell, and they can see you from the office, said a woman at the scene. "They know who you are, they let you in. So, I don't know if it was somebody they knew."

"When we were gone doing morning meeting, we heard, like, shots and everyone went on the ground and Miss Martin just closed the door and we went to the corners," another girl said.

NEWTOWN, Conn. (WHDH) - Parents of students at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut have been rushing to the school after hearing about a shooting rampage there Friday morning.

Brenda Lebinski, whose 8-year-old daughter attends the school, was among the parents who raced to check on their children.

"I saw her and it was the happiest moment of my life," she said.

Stephen Delgiadice said his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was not harmed.

"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he said.

Lisa Terifay, who was holding her two children outside the school, said she was stunned.

"I still can't believe it's happened in my town," she said.

The superintendent's office said the district had locked down schools in Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City. Schools in neighboring towns also were locked down as a precaution.

State police said Newtown police called them around 9:40 a.m. A SWAT team was among the throngs of police to respond.

Photos from the scene showed young students -- some crying, others looking visibly frightened -- being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other's shoulders.

Connecticut's governor was on the scene in Newtown. The White House said President Barack Obama was notified of the shooting and was receiving updates.

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