Conn. Survivor Heard Whimpers, 'Screaming' on Intercom
Shari Thornberg may have walked right past the shooter
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2012 7:48 AM CST
Officials are on the scene outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School where authorities say a gunman opened fire inside an elementary school in a shooting that left 27 people dead.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(Newser) – Sandy Hook Elementary staffer Shari Thornberg was happily showing off photos of her son to co-workers when she heard a "weird noise" that she mistook for the janitor taking down risers in the gym. But when the intercom came on, she realized the "pop-pop-pop" sound she heard was gunfire, reports USA Today. The teacher's aide, who worked with a fourth-grader with special needs, hurried into a small closet with two other colleagues. Through the locked door they heard "screaming, crying, and whimpering" on the intercom and the janitor ordering the shooter to put down his gun.

"We just waited in the closet, saying The Lord's Prayer out loud over and over again, and praying for all staff members and the children," Thornberg says. She also worries that she may have passed Adam Lanza in the parking lot as she arrived late to school that day around 9:30am. Thornberg also thinks that the school principal, Dawn Hochsprung, may have distracted Lanza from entering a classroom where 16 first-graders were hiding—he instead entered two others. Click to read an account from one of the student survivors.

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Steve4freedom
Dec 19, 2012 9:30 AM CST
Iranian Politician Calls International Community To Rescue The Oppressed People in USA. Yes, we are living in an out-of-control judaized police-state. Iran and the rest of the free world can save, liberate America. Speaking in Iran's Northwestern province of Zanjan today, Naqdi pointed to the reactions shown by the world and the international community to the terrorist crimes committed by the US backed terrorist groups in countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Gaza or Syria, and lamented that the world has unfortunately neglected the sufferings of the American people inside the US. "What has been neglected is the United States' oppressed people, specially the oppressed and innocent American children who are the main victims of the US regime which is supported by only 1% of the Americans, and no one in the world cares for them," he said. "It is true that saving the Palestinian people is a top necessity of the Islamic Awakening movement, but liberation of the US people shouldn't be neglected and the international community should rise to save and free oppressed people of the US, specially its youngsters and kids," Naqdi underscored. His remarks came a day after protesters marched on the headquarters of the US gun lobby as the clamor for tighter firearm controls grows in the wake of the Newtown school massacre. Twenty school children were slaughtered by a heavily armed gunman who opened fire at a suburban elementary school in Connecticut last Friday, killing at least 28 people including himself in the one of the worst mass shootings in US history.
WarmWeatherGuy
Dec 19, 2012 8:52 AM CST
"We just waited in the closet, saying The Lord's Prayer out loud over and over again, and praying for all staff members and the children," Here we have more evidence that prayer IS allowed in schools, and that it doesn't work.
DougMasters
Dec 19, 2012 8:03 AM CST
"We just waited in the closet, saying The Lord's Prayer out loud over and over again, and praying for all staff members and the children,"" Right, cause hiding in a closet from a crazed gunman saying ANYTHING out loud is a good idea /suck at hiding