AirTalk for December 14, 2012

AUDIO: Sandy Hook teacher recalls shooting that killed 27

Connecticut School Shooting

Jessica Hill/AP

Law enforcement canvass the area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of New York City, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting said 27 people were dead, including 18 children.

A previous draft of this segment page idenitified the suspected shooter as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza. Police have now confirmed that the shooter was actually his 20-year-old brother, Adam Lanza. Earlier, a law enforcement official mistakenly transposed the brothers' first names.

CBS News reports that a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning resulted in at least 27 deaths, including 20 children, six staff, and the shooter. The shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza was the son of the school's kindergarten teacher. An official also said Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.

Larry Mantle talked with second-grade teacher Abbey Clements, who was evacuated from the Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooter opened fire, killing multiple children and adults:

The school principal and school psychologist are among the fatalities. Students said that they heard shots over the loudspeaker during the morning announcements, and some saw a masked gunman in the school. A school employee reported hearing at least 50-60 shots fired.

According to reports from CBS, the shooting began just after 9 a.m. in the principal’s office and was partially broadcast on the school intercom. The shooter then moved on to classrooms, specifically targeting the kindergarten classroom where his mother worked, where he killed her and many of her students. An evacuation was already underway, orchestrated by school employees and police. Parents are now allowed to pick up their children from the evacuation site, a nearby firehouse.

The entire Newtown public school system was placed on lockdown after initial reports of the shooting surfaced, an order which has since been lifted. State and local police are on the scene to assist with the developing situation – the Newtown Bee reports that FBI agents were seen at the school around noon. In an afternoon news conference held at the school, police confirmed that the scene has been secured that both students and school staff are among the victims.  Initial reports already rank the shooting as the second deadliest on record in the U.S.

Guests:

Heather Smith, Newtown resident who has a children in other Newtown schools

Beau Berman, Reporter, FoxCT, Hartford CT

Dr. Bill Pfohl, Professor of Psychology at Western Kentucky University
Member of the National Association of School Psychologists

Steve Layne, Layne Consultants - private security firm that has worked with multiple school districts

Lori Golias, a photojournalist for News 12 Connecticut Norwalk 

Victor Carrion MD, Director, Stanford Early Life Stress Research Program  

Craig LeMoult
,  reporter, WSHU, Fairfield, Connecticut

Rebecca Coffey, author of the eBook “Murders Most Foul: And the School Shooters in Our Midst” (March, 2012)

Abbey Clements, second grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School; one of those who evacuated the school this morning


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