Slain Principal Put in Place New Security Measures
Dawn Hochsprung stressed safety to parents
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 4:45 PM CST
This July 2010 photo provided by the Newtown Bee shows Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Eliza Hallabeck)

(Newser) – One of the 27 people killed at a school in Connecticut today was principal Dawn Hochsprung, and CNN reports that she had ramped up security at Sandy Hook Elementary just a few months ago. The new procedure required visitors to ring a doorbell, wait to be buzzed inside, and then sign in at the school office. Anyone staff didn't recognize would have to show a photo ID.

"Please understand that with nearly 700 students and over 1,000 parents representing 500 SHS families, most parents will be asked to show identification," Hochsprung wrote to parents, asking for patience with any glitches. Hochsprung had been featured in a local newspaper profile of new principals in 2010, in which she spoke of raising two daughters and three stepdaughters and of being excited about Sandy Hook. "I don't think you could find a more positive place to bring students to every day," she said.

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Dec 15, 2012 10:41 AM CST
If Adam wanted to kill a group of children and wasn't let into the school, I do believe he probaly would have killed many of them , outside, as they left to go home. I don't think anyone could have prevented this deranged, young man from killing on that day. I would think that the weapon in his vehicle might have been used in his backup plan.
Dec 15, 2012 10:33 AM CST
This is a huge issue. One that cannot be addressed in simple sentences on a blog. We are all deepley saddened by these tragic, senseless deaths and now is the time for discussion as to the how's, why's, what's, etc. These tragedies will continue until solid reforms are implemented. At first you will think "gun control" and that is appropriate to some extent. - Obviously this young man should not have had access to guns - hence some form of "control" should have been implemented. - He came from a broken family, pressures were high for him to "perform" and be "successful"; only time will tell, it at all, how this impacted him. - Mental Health is a definite factor. Was he bullied; in school, by parents, family, friends? - Something made him snap... but there had to have been warning signs far in advance. - Our society tends to downplay, stigmatize and ignore mental health issues; yet they are the essence of our being. Our brains-minds are the essence of who we are, how we function. If the brain is damaged in any way, help - treatment is oh so important. No different than a broken bone or heart attack, yet probably more important in the whole scheme of things as the brain is our most important 'organ'. We need to have this discussion and seek solutions. There is no one answer, only a collective regime of possible approaches to reducing violence, rage and senseless acts. Bless the children and those who tried to protect them...
Dec 15, 2012 8:05 AM CST
This is kind of proof that extra security measures only help so much. The problem is a culture issue. I would first guess to blame our repressed closed off society where we decided never talking about anything with kids is a start.