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. Name*jubizi

    What is this world coming to? Maybe we should put prayer back in schools. Maybe the great falling away from God is catching up to us? I know that God and religion is not the "in" thing anymore for a lot of people but we must go back to the roots to which this great nation was founded upon! One nation under GOD for liberty and justice for All really used to mean something now folks have the audacity to not even acknowledge a higher power, no wonder the moral fiber has deteriorated so much in our once proud nation to where a person could have the gall to kill little kids as if he was playing a video game. My condolences to all of the family members of this senseless act of cowardice and may the good Lord give you peace of mind in your time of grief and need!

    December 15, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. jim

    Is there a live blog..... Dr.? Ochberg?.?.?
    Please check creds before putting these people on the air

    December 15, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike D

    Mentally ill people without guns can't kill but with guns they can.
    What is to blame ??? guns – or – mentally ill people ????
    Do we need to control guns ? or mentally ill people?
    Guns do not kill, but a bad guy with a "gun" kills, stop his access to guns and he won't be able to kill.

    December 15, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Larry

    While the rest of you idiots bring blame to the 10 power... Our nations heart is broken in two. There will be penty of time for rhetoric and testosterone. In the meantime shut up and support familie who are living a level of pain that surpasses all torture. Your whiining a propgogands message has a place. However this is not the time for this level of stuptidity

    December 15, 2012 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Larry

    Ok I got tt now. I need more guns in ordefr to stop this type if atrocity. So more guns would have saved 20 chidren?? For the time being can u shut up and pay honor to a level fo pain that none of you can imagiane.. Today what do your pollitics mean. Will your view bring back a 5 year old??/? Will your view heal her family? Let me make tis simple from a simple man. SHUT UP because evey bit fo venom thea you spew hurts an inoccent. SSOOO Shut UP

    December 15, 2012 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. rosethornne

    High volume ammunition clips on semiautomatic weapons are a big part of the problem, but not the root cause.

    Lack of accessibility to inexpensive mental health treatment, and lack of screening for mental health warning signs during annual checkups, is part of the root cause.

    December 15, 2012 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • firefly31784

      You are so right. What a great opportunity to educate people!! That kid probably had all types of warning signs, but due to stigma were ignored or due to lack of education unidentified. He was probably very very sick, not evil.

      December 15, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. John

    This is why you don't want to tell people the gay marrige is great and the Bible is wrong, evolution is not theory but fact, don't believe in God. Even if you don't believe in God you want the guy next to you to believe that he is going to hell if he blows you away because truthfully that's the only think that keeps some people from doing it.

    December 15, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. maddie

    God bless all of them lost. I am crying so hard right now.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Abdulrahman and Family from UAE

    Our prayers are with you all.
    As we are parents of same age we can really can feel the pain.
    May god be with you
    The world is becoming maddog place where no one is safe anylonger!!!

    Abdirahman
    Abu Dhabi
    UAE

    December 15, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • James Levison

      I have seen a lot of negative feedback on here and I thank you for your compassion and understanding

      December 15, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Maryam Said

      May God brings peace to our world. Ameen

      December 15, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. TessB79

    In all these comments all I hear is finger pointing and blame. Guns are not fully to blame, sure our gun laws needed to be more realistic and more tightly controlled but is that the root problem, no it's just part of a larger moral decay. Our mental health treatment is pathetic and no one wants to keep mental hospitals because mental people are people, but because of that bleeding heart mentality you leave sick people to roam freely. Again not the main problem but a big piece. The issue here people is the moral decay and lack of responsibility for ones self and family. 70-80 years ago the govt didn't care for every orphan and old person. They cared for some but not all. It was up to the grown children to care for ailing and old family, it was up to family to care for their own. Sure they didn't always but most of the time they did. We don't care for our own. We don't morally take responsibility for ourselves and our children, we fingerprint and blame. To make things more comfortable we allow ourselves to justify filth to come into our homes by way of jersey shore and honey boo boo(just examples). Now we are more ok with our kids killing people on video games and movies but will have a heart attack if our child sees a dog killed in a movie. Perspective. We will all scream for reform but our corrupt politicians that we are too lazy to do anything about will also scream reform but in a few months we'll all get lazy again and act surprise when the next guy walks into a preschool and kills toddlers and infants. The point I'm trying to make in a not so fluid way and Ina short space, we are all responsible for this. We allow all of this, we'll all complain and point fingers but we all have a piece. Look at what your children watch and play, do you take ownership of your actions or do you find excuses, do you find excuses for your children instead of expecting accountability? I'm not screaming about religion because that is personal and is up to you if you choose to use religion to help you to find morality but you don't have to have religion to do the right thing, to be responsible and accountable. You shouldn't need religion to tell you what moral decay is, you shouldn't need religion to teach your children how to care for others first then themselves. As a community we didn't see that that mother couldn't provide help for her son and we failed to make sure help in whatever form was provided. We failed yet again community (community = USA).

    December 15, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      One of the best comments I have read in a long time. You have hit the nail on the head! I totally agree that WE are the problem and it is WE that need to wake up and realize that our standards, morals, and compassion towards others are in the toilet! Sadly, for me, OUR once great nation has become just like those our military are fighting in right now!

      December 15, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Janice Nimalovitch

      I am so sick of hearing about mental healthAs soon as someone kills someone they had a mental health problem They new exactly what they were going to do are soon as they comited the crime Most people with mental health do something to themselves not others Take ALL Weapons of the Internet HAve a law the only way u can buy any kind of weapon is in a store where ID is taken AND picture of the Person buying it VERY STRICk LAWS HAVE TO BE IN pLACE!!!!!!!!!

      December 15, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. denis

    Why should there be need for guns!! This is a stupid thing that I do not understand in the US.

    There is not need for guns, period! There are always mentally sick people in different countries, but when you have guns laws that are so lax, these people can get a gun and commit horrible crimes.

    I am European, have been in the US for many years, but I have yet to understand the love for guns that the Americans have.

    December 15, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. marza curry

    i wanna send my deepest prayers and sorry's to the families of those innocent children that were taken away too soon...it's so heartbreaking...i don't have any kids,but it still hurts me as if i did...smh

    December 15, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. tactful

    Newtown, Conn – God bless you, our hearts break for you, we cry for you, we send our love to you.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    Perhaps part of it is video games where killing someone lasts for about 1/2 a second and then they are off again. Kids are totally desensitized to blood and guts from these graphic video games. You want to ban something that is rotting the minds of society, ban video games.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Maryam Said

    My prayers go to the victims and those their families. My heart is with you. What a tragedy.

    December 15, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
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