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Surviving Sandy Hook

Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 02:03

Dec. 8 - Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis, who hid her students in a bathroom as a man opened fire inside the school, recounts the horrors of that day. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) KAITLIN ROIG-DEBELLIS, SANDY HOOK TEACHER, SAYING: "I remember... I remember... It's weird, I didn't remember until just now. I remember in the days after, it was so hard to get out of bed and shower. And I remember I just walked around singing 'Amazing Grace' just over and over. It was so incredibly hard. I didn't remember that until just now... It was the worst thing that could have ever happened." Kaitlin Roig-Debellis recalls the days after 20 children and six adults were killed in cold blood at the Sandy Hook Elementary school. On December 14 of 2013 the first-grade teacher barricaded her students in a tiny bathroom to avoid the fire of gunman Adam Lanza. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KAITLIN ROIG-DEBELLIS, SANDY HOOK TEACHER, SAYING: "The moment that I heard the first shot, I got up, I closed the door, I turned the lights off and I turned to my students and I said, 'We need to get into the bathroom right now.' Shots were ringing out so loud, so scary, terrifying, terrifying. And we piled into the bathroom. I mean literally, I started picking kids up, putting them on the toilet, putting them behind the toilet, putting one little girl up on the toilet dispenser. I knew our only option was to hide and fast." They hid for about 45 minutes. In the classroom next door to hers, two adults and six children were shot and killed. Two doors down, two more adults and 14 children were killed. Many call her a hero... (SOUNDBITE) (English) KAITLIN ROIG-DEBELLIS, SANDY HOOK TEACHER, SAYING: "I'm not a hero. I did exactly what anyone else would have done on that day As part of her recovery, Roig Debellis launched Classes 4 Classes -- an organization to facilitate acts of kindness by having students reach out to other students by sponsoring gift projects that can range from school supplies to learning activities. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KAITLIN ROIG-DEBELLIS, SANDY HOOK TEACHER, SAYING: "For myself, I have moved forward, but I will never move on.

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Surviving Sandy Hook

Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 02:03