December 14th, 2012
04:43 PM ET

Connecticut school massacre: A living hell

This morning, a group of people gathered around a table in a meeting room at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

The topic was a struggling second-grader. Attendees included the mother of the child, the principal, the vice principal and the school psychologist.

It was about 9.30.

"Pop. Pop. Pop."

That's what the mother of the second-grader said it sounded like.

The sound was coming from the hall.

The principal, the vice principal and the school psychologist left the room, and went into the hall.

The mother ducked under the table and called 911.

"I cowered," she said.

"He must have shot a hundred rounds," she said. Asked if literally, unbelievably, it was a hundred rounds, she said, "At least."

"Just shooting and shooting and shooting."

The vice principal came back into the room with an injured foot, the mother said.

She never saw the shooter.

She saw bodies, though. She said two adults were dead in the hallway, in a pool of blood.

"They marched us out, right past them," she said.

"They had to walk these children past a pool of blood."

How would this happen? She wondered aloud. "It's a locked school; you have to be buzzed in."

"It was a living hell" she said.

Read more about the slain principal, Dawn Hochsprung

Here's our full story on the massacre

And this live blog shows how the news and reaction came in

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  1. David

    THank you NRA!

    December 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • russ

      Hey David, the NRA didn't cause this. The evil SOB that did this did it. It is all on him. He is personally responsible. The blame rests with him. Don't get me wrong. The NRA does have it's faults but this ain't one of them.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alexandre

    I have to say something about this. I am not american and for me it's weird to see how you guys or at least a lot of people here still defend the possession of guns.... It is a simple math, if you don't have easy access to guns there will be less violence. If we continue to have this same guns laws, this kind of violence will keep happening.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • russ

      Go to Chicago Illinois and see how easy it is to get a gun at a gun store and then look at the murder and gun crime rates compared to say, Alabama, Tennessee, Wyoming or any other easier access state. You will find that the stricter the gun control laws the higher rates. It's not my math it's the way it is. The stats will speak for themselves.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      My last post didn't upload. In short, not all Americans agree with the current gun laws. The majority of mass murders in the US involved guns obtained legally. I would like to see change.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brandon

    Excellent coverage by CNN and very impartial. Bravo!

    December 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      The "good coverage" was a joke, to see in the allow the post. The real posts they filter out.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. recalcitrant

    Shooter had a Personality Disorder/schizophrenia and autism.
    The 2nd amendment isn't responsible for this. This is a sad, sad day to be sure! The gross hypocrisy of this POTUS to come out with fake tears and hel** bent on unilaterally banning AR-15s (the shooter left HIS MOTHERS AR-15 in the car!) is sickening. Just like "they acted stupidly". I'm sick of this authoritarian fascist taking our liberties away at every opportunity and tragedy. Total political exploitation. This POTUS is the same guy who has been killing innocent men, women and children abroad by Drone for the last 4 years– triple idiot Bush. This is the same guy who ordered and is to this day covering his but* on the Fast & Furious scandal that killed hundreds of Mexicans and border patrol agents. This is the same guy who ordered a STAND DOWN for the defense of Ambassador Stevens and his security detail in Benghazi and is covering up the illegal covert CIA operation that caused it. The 2nd amendment protects us from enemies foreign and domestic (tyrants). He'll be playing golf in Hawaii very shortly and thinking about the coming invasion of Syria predicated on the false flag event his CIA trained Al Qaeda "Syrian Freedom Fighters" will conduct.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • garyinco

      What the heck are you talking about??? This has nothing to do with politics, there were no fake tears, there was no unilateral ban. Where do you hateful fruitcakes come from?

      December 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. russ

    We must all step back and look at the reality here. Innocents we killed. Adults and kids. This would be a wrong anytime of year but here, what 11 days until Christmas? Let's remember the lives that are lost and those torn apart trying to find some sense of direction and point of reference for lack of better words.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Iamrightyouarewrong

    Tobacco kills more people everyday than guns ever will. So lets snuff out gunmakers and not tobacco. Okie dokie. Ill let someone know when I see a gun with legs and arms and shoots all by itself.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      You are a very stupid person. Tobacco for the most part kills the fools that smoke it. Guns continue to make it easy to kill innocent people.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • monnie


      December 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iamrightyouarewrong

      Some idiot pulled the trigger. Just like a smoker lights his own. So if I understand you stupid no guns can't kill. No tobacco can't light up. What a stupid reply.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • bweav

      The difference is that a smoker makes a conscious choice to kill themselves with tobacco. The 5 year olds that died did not make a choice to die.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brandon

    What happened of the post critical of CNN coverage?

    December 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MsMaryE

    This will continue until we "do something about, it."
    It seems like we have a parent who gave gun access to a mentally ill child. This is so sad for those innocent children.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lizzy10

      Hmm, parent gave access to the weapons? She was killed also. Perhaps what happened is that there were guns in the home legally that could shoot round after round in a short time and a mentally ill person got a hold of them and used them. There is NO reason on earth that anyone needs weapons that can kill massive amounts of people in a short time. The time has come to ban assault weapons and the American people need to demand their elected official's pass legislation to do so. And if you think I'm some liberal wimp, think again. I believe in the Second Amendment and have owned guns, but I never felt the need to own an assault rifle.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mason

      We need smart guns. These old time guns are stupid and out of date. We need guns that will not fire on innocent people or family members, children, or anyone who is not holding a gun also.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • garyinco

      You know it's just too easy to rationalize this with someone giving a mentally ill person access to automatic weapons and it just doesn't make any of this OK. Guns that shoot hundreds of rounds in a few seconds are meant for combat. You don't need that kind of fire power for hunting. These weapons are designed to kill people and fast. If we can't rely on the people that buy them to lock them up, or to maintain their own sanity and composure, and we can't, then these weapons shouldn't be available period. You want to hunt, buy a hunting rifle or shotgun meant for hunting. You want to shoot skeet or going to a firing range, get a gun that fires 6-8 rounds then needs reloading. But guns that can inflict this kind of carnage have no place in our society. They should be outlawed, period. No excuses, no exceptions. No one in their right mind needs these kinds of weapons.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    An act of terrorism. Children & innocent adults massacred.Premeditated.
    The terrorist wore military fatigues & vest and had three weapons. Suicide shooter.
    Our hearts are filled with grief and frustration.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Self Control

    Forks, especially 2 pronged ones, make it easy to kill innocent persons. (assuming any of US are innocent, that is)

    December 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      WHY do they people like you near a keyboard, let alone post?
      Will we be reading about YOU soon?

      December 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • garyinco

      I don't think we've ever had one of these mass killings where it was perpetrated with a fork, two prongs or otherwise. Seems like all of them are done with automatic weapons meant for use in combat. Can't remember a single fork.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brandon

    It says posts are not pre-screened but clearly they are.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    While we send condolences to the bereaved families, we need also to rise up as one to get much needed rational gun control laws in place- NOW.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Out thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.
    While we send condolences to the bereaved families, we need also to rise up as one to get much needed rational gun control laws in place- NOW.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mason

    Guns are lame, made for whiny crybabies who are willing to risk shooting their family when they come home late. Guns are gay. Everytime there is one of these and a conceal carry guy is present, he is on the ground cowering just like everyone else.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Self Control

    Imagine what the USA would be like if anti-depressants were banned.
    Freak nation of walking zombies.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
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