Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Maryrose Kristopik
is being lauded for her heroism after she saved 15 children from certain death by ushering them into a closet and barricading the door to her classroom as gunman Adam Lanza hammered on the door and repeatedly shouted "Let me in!"
"I want to thank her. She saved their lives," said one unnamed mother in her 40s whose 9-year-old son was saved by Kristopik's act of heroism.
But, she said, "now I have to explain to my 9-year-old that his friends won't be coming back. How am I supposed to do that?"
Mom Brenda Lebinski told the Daily Mail
that Kristopik saved her 8-year-old daughter too.
"My daughter's teacher is a hero," Lebinski said. "She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives."
Adam Lanza, 20, went on a shooting rampage
at the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked this morning, killing her, the school principal and at least 20 children. Lanza, whose motive is not yet known, was reportedly killed
by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.