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. Sandy says

    Sounds like crazy Glenn Beck conspiracy theory!! Why would this mother buy these kind of guns in a home with an obviously disturbed son?

    December 14, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • letsgomets2013 and beyond

      We don't know if he lived there. He could have gone in there and confiscated them - and what was she doing with 100 rounds of ammo - was that hers, too?

      And it isn't guns: not by any mreans: it was the nut who pulled the trigger.

      Seems we are now no longer safe, no matter where we go. What do we do about that?

      December 15, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. the prophet

    This is not and will be not the last isolated incident, moral and social and family degradation and untreated personal disorders will be the catalyst in other cases.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. the prophet

    All those children were put on the bus and waved at their parents and siblings this morning, you the gun makers,shops, manufactures, think about that when you to sleep tonight that those children will not be coming home ever. If those guns were not available no one would have died.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marrysnow

      What a tragedy is it! So many innocent lives were lost because of bad guys. To avoid from happening that event, gunns must be banned.

      December 15, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tamarah

    you need to STOP interviewing the kids, particularly on camera–whether the parents let them conduct the interview or not (and what parents would allow this?), it's WRONG. LEAVE the kids and their families alone.

    And WAY to go, Anderson Cooper, for refusing to interview the kids. Your show may be the only show I watch on CNN anymore.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tala

      I agree, I was upset when the different news channels interviewed children. UNACCEPTABLE!

      December 15, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • dan

      When you are in this situation then you could answer what pareint would allow this! It may not be right but maybe people will finally see children were victims here the innocent victims. We can not ask our children to speak up and then say it is unacceptable when they do. These kids need to speak out in anyway they can to cope with this, should anyone use this to there advantage, NO.

      December 15, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. SK

    Judge Steele
    I hope to hell you are not a real judge
    as a mental health professional, you are wrong on so many front's it is not even funny

    the condemnation of the NRA is entirely appropriate.
    Is it difficult to mandate ill people – yes
    too difficult.. sometimes
    but you over state
    and you make excuses for the NRA for which there is no excuse

    December 15, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Larry Linn

    Guns do not kill people! Sociopaths with easy access to guns kill people.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike D

      "Guns do not kill people! Sociopaths with easy access to guns kill people"
      It means if Sociopaths don't have guns, they can't kill.

      December 15, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Hogarth

      Guns don't kill people – they just make it a LOT easier for people to kill people.

      December 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lmori

    My son's school is a locked school as well. You have to get buzzed in. But if you ring the bell, you will get buzzed in and no one even comes to check who you are or what your business is. After this, I'm sure they will be more cautious. But after several months, they'll go back to being lazy.

    December 15, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dan

    We need more protection at are schools for one reason they are pray and easy targets for the cowards that want to proove something or make a name for themselves. When we stop making there lives the major story and call them the cowards that they are then we mite make a change.
    We have metal detectors at banks, museums, court buildings and federal buildings. So why do we not have them in schools protecting the most precious things we will ever have.
    This is not the first time this has happened and this school done all it could do to try and protect the children there, it is time that we make sure they can do more!

    December 15, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • c miles

      Let's go back to early American Iwestern expansion and arm the teachers so they can protect their students. All you do when you make schools "gun free zones" is let psycho's and criminals know that they have a free hunting range and no one to stop them. All the police and EMT people can do is clean up AFTER the nasty deed is done. It is time we stop hiding under the desks adults and be ready to fight for your life and the lives of your children!

      December 15, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. c miles

    Ted,
    Automatic weapons are already illegal, and you can not buy them, you cannot sell them, you cannot possess them unless you have a class 3 firearms license which is next to impossible. So get your facts straight! Let the police and CSI people do there thing and let's learn about why the shooter did what he did and then you can whine and snivel about evil inanimate objects causing death!

    December 15, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Christie

      What are you talking about? The assault weapons ban expired in 2004. That are LEGAL (whether you need a license or not). That is the opposite of illegal, by the way.

      December 15, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      but semi automatic weapons are legal. for those who may not know the difference, fully automatic means you just hold the trigger and the weapon fires until you release the trigger and semi automatic means you must pull the trigger each time you fire. both will fire until you run out of ammunition..........how fast can you move your finger?

      December 15, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • exlonghorn

      Automatic weapons are NOT illegal, and you do NOT need a Class 3 FFL to own one.

      There are two ways for you to legally buy a class 3 gun. The first is by transfer after approval by ATF of a registered weapon from its lawful owner residing in the same State as the transferee. The second is by obtaining prior approval from ATF to make NFA firearms. It's as simple as filling out some paperwork, paying a $200 tax stamp, and being prepared for a long wait of several months.

      December 15, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Hogarth

      No, guns don't cause death all by themselves – but they sure make it easy to cause death. And there are a lot of them. And they are relatively easy to come by, especially when your mother collects firearms.

      December 15, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Delilah

      The depth of human cruelty and ignorance (in your case) never ceases to amaze me. Twenty families have lost their beautiful children, and you wish this type of horror upon someone else just because they don't agree with your opinion?! What kind of MONSTER are you? As far as I'm concerned, you're no better than the shooter. Oh, and by the way, it's "lose", not "loose" you freaking idiot.

      December 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      As a mother, i cannot wish this upon anyone. How could you even say that?

      December 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      As a mother, I couldn't wish this upon anyone. How could you say such a thing?

      December 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lmori

    Yes, let's arm every kindergarden and elementary school teacher in the country, that sounds really feasible and safe to me.

    December 15, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • A Father

      Arming every kindergarten teacher in arms, will only improve the kids notion that "You are not safe if you have no arms"... i think there's more damage than good by doing this.

      December 15, 2012 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Courtney

    Ban all guns lets not give evil souls the tools to carry out their mission.I think it's sick that some on here defending guns laws just think if he couldn't have never gotten his hands on such deadly weapons this would have never happened ,long as the NRA has power and the GOP and with nobody to stand up to them this will NOT Stop!. We are making it too easy for people to kill and committ massarces.My sympathy to the victims family may their little soul rest in peace ......this is leaving me speechless God bless everyone I hope everybody love ones make it home safe and sound everytime they step foot out that door.We are living in a evil world ,I have no sympathy or mercy for the wicked nor do I have any for those who defends it .Im sicking hear the word mental illness there is nothing wrong with these people they're just pure evil.

    December 15, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Vikram

    America Wake Up...Time has come for strict Gun control Laws. No more killings of innocent lives......Too much blood has been spilt...

    Deepest condolences to the grieving families....

    December 15, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Matthew

    Today is a sad day very when 20 poor inesent children were shot and killed by a a man also 6 adults were shot also I am very sorry for the families of these people and poor children
    R.I.P. god bless them

    December 15, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Amanda

    I feel so bad for the familys who lost their loved one. I lost my sisters a week before christmas last year and it was the worse feeling ever. Knowing someone murder your family is a pain that never goes away. Till this day I still cry and eonder what I could of done. I am very sorry to all the loved ones who lost their family today I know how it feels and knowing they was just little babys at that. Those poor innocent kids and principal:(

    December 15, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Matthew

    My greatest regards for the families of the children and adults. They are all in heaven with jesus . Wish this didn't happend the world is in shock it's a wake up call. Children shouldn't been hiding and scared . They deserve way more than death. They will all be remembered . R.I.P. :'( I'm very very sorry families of the children plzz email me I'm sorry for four your loss R.I.P

    December 15, 2012 at 2:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
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