Children of the Light


I want to take a minute to honor 26 heroes, people who died just trying to learn and to teach. As a parent, as a teacher, my spirit hurts for the senseless act that took their lives. Yet, I’m so proud. I’m proud of Dawn Hochsprung, the principal who gave her life to save students, who died in the line of duty. She deserves the same honors as any soldier, because she was as brave as any soldier. I’m proud of the other five adults who gave their lives, and of the 20 children, brave little kids and of the ones who didn’t make a sound and of the teacher who wanted the last thing her kids heard was that somebody loved them no matter how loud the devil was howling at their door. I tell you the truth, all the darkness in this world can’t snuff out even the smallest light because light is magic and everytime one candle is extinguished another will automatically light to take its place. These people where martyrs. They were slain while attempting to do good in a world filled with chaos and destruction. Also, in the end…the light wins.


Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (age 6)

Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (age 7)

Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (age 6)

Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (age 7)

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (age 6)

Dylan Hockley, 03/08/06, male (age 6)

Madeleine F. Hsu, 07/10/06, female (age 6)

Catherine V. Hubbard, 06/08/06, female (age 6)

Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (age 7)

Jesse Lewis, 06/30/06, male (age 6)

James Mattioli, 03/22/06, male (age 6)

Grace McDonnell, 11/04/05, female (age 7)

Emilie Parker, 05/12/06, female (age 6)

Jack Pinto, 05/06/06, male (age 6)

Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (age 6)

Caroline Previdi, 09/07/06, female (age 6)

Jessica Rekos, 05/10/06, female (age 6)

Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (age 6)

Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (age 6)

Allison N. Wyatt, 07/03/06, female (age 6)


Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female (age 29)

Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female (age 47)

Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female (age 52)

Lauren Russeau, 1982, female (age 29)

Mary Sherlach, 02/11/56, female (age 56)

Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female (age 27)

*Names and photos are from MSN news.

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