Town officials say principal at US school died lunging at gunman during rampage

John Christoffersen And Jim Fitzgerald, The Associated Press
December 15, 2012

NEWTOWN, Conn. - Town officials say the principal who died in the rampage at a U.S. school was killed while lunging at the gunman as she tried to overtake him.

Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down in Friday's massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien says administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the school, and they ran toward them.

Jeff Capeci is chairman of the town's Legislative Council. Asked whether Hochsprung is a hero, he says, "From what we know, it's hard to classify her as anything else."

Hochsprung had worked at the school for two years. Liedlien and Capeci say she immediately became a beloved figure. Liedlien says residents are feeling "a deep sense of loss" over her death.