Photo: Victoria Soto used her body to shield her students from gun fire at Sandy Hook
A school near the now tragically famous Sandy Hook Elementary School is being renamed to honor one of the teachers killed in the massacre last month.
HoneySpot Elementary School in Stratford, Connecticut will be named after Victoria Soto, the 27-year-old teacher who died trying to shield her young students from the gunman.
On Monday, Mayor John Harkins’ name-change recommendation was approved. Monday was also the one-month anniversary of the terrible shooting which claimed the lives of 20 children and 6 members of the school staff.
Soto graduated from Stratford High School. As the recommendation was approved, those in attendance gave a standing ovation. HoneySpot will now be named Victoria Soto School.
A petition is now going around to have a street named after the first grade teacher as well.
On Friday, December 14, as the gunman opened fire in the school, Soto ushered her students into a closet. When the horrific incident was over, Soto was found huddled over her students, having used her body as a shield between the shooter and the children.
“She loved those students more than anything,” Carlee Soto, her sister told Today. “She didn’t call them her students; she called them her kids.”