Kaitlin Roig-Debellis had never felt more terrified than she did on December 12, 2012.
At 9:30 a.m ., she was conducting her first-grade class in their morning confront at Sandy Hook Elementary when she sounded gunshots. “There was not a moment of pause or compunction, ” says Roig-Debellis. “I knew it was a weapon and I knew it was coming into our school.”
Roig-Debellis herded all of her students into the classroom’s minuscule lavatory. She consumed a storage cabinet to barricade the door. She withdraws are concerns that not all of the children would fit, and that she wouldn’t be able to save all of the children that had been was referred to her charge.
“I felt perfectly forlorn, ” she says.
Thankfully, Roig-Debellis’s class was rescued by a Special weapons and tactics squad 45 a few minutes later. While she and her students were physically unharmed, many others at Sandy Hook were that day, and the episode perfectly changed the teacher’s outlook on life. It defrauded her of such persons she’d been before the misfortune.
“My sense of safety and security were departed, ” she says.
When she ogled in the mirror in the weeks and months following the shooting, she couldn’t find the deeply independent being she’d been. She’d become afraid of everything.
“I realized that wasn’t a mode to live, ” she says.