We expect military personnel, firefighters and police officers, to be heroes in the line of duty. There have been heroic elementary school teachers before. Years ago in Scotland, there was one, Gwen Major, who defended her students in the town of Dunblane.
Now we have a First Grade Teacher, who’s a heroine. Victoria Soto in her dream job. He hid her young students in classroom cabinets. The gunman gunned her down anyway. How many young minds have been denied being graced by this kind woman and her teaching. You can say she died for a good cause protecting the kids, but wouldn’t it have been better if she won multiple Teacher of the Year awards? Newtown, Connecticut will still be proud of her, but now for the many years they could be proud of her. Surely, she must have been terrified, but remember, courage is not fearlessness, but facing ones fears.
I should never have had to write such a blog post. I hope to never write another one of these again.
Rest in Peace Victoria Soto.
- Victoria Soto Being Called an Angel After Shielding First Graders from Gunman (americanlivewire.com)
- Victoria Soto, Heroic Newtown Teacher, Sacrificed Own Life to Save Kids (gossipcop.com)
- Victoria Soto died a hero, saving her students during the Newtown, CT massacre (deathandtaxesmag.com)
- Thank you, teachers (freethoughtblogs.com)
- Victoria Soto, The Heroic Teacher Who Sacrificed Her Life So Children Could Live (alan.com)
- A Letter to Victoria Soto (mikegraczyk.com)
- Connecticut Shooting: Hero Teacher Died Saving Students (people.com)
- Hero: Vicki Soto, 27, saved first-graders from shooter; Grieving sisters honor her sacrifice (twitchy.com)