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

(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.

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)
A young girl is comforted following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/The New Haven Register, Melanie Stengel)
People embrace at a firehouse staging area for family.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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