Gene Rosen, a 69-year-old retired psychologist, has been explaining how he took in six infant children who he found at the end of his driveway, just moments after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school had commenced.
The children had just escaped and had been escorted by a school bus driver to the premises. One little boy told Rosen, ‘We can’t go back to school. Our teacher is dead. Mrs Soto, we don’t have a teacher.’
Rosen took the group, which comprised of four girls and two boys, into his home, and then over the next few hours provided them with toys, juice and called their parents to ease their worries.
He had heard the shooting just 15 minutes earlier, but believed it had been a hunter in the woods nearby. “I had no idea what had happened,” added Rosen. “I couldn’t take that in.”
Rosen listened to the two boys describe how they saw their teacher being shot. “They said he had a big gun and a little gun, ” noted Rosen.
One of the calmest moments in the ordeal came when one of the little boys talked about Rosen’s home with him. “This little boy turns around, and composes himself, and he looks at me like he had just removed himself from the carnage and he says, ‘Just saying, your house is very small,’” remarked Rosen. “I wanted to tell him, ‘I love you. I love.’”
Rosen decided not to reveal the full details of the discussions he had with the group, before breaking down as he told of a frantic mother, who had heard he had taken in some children, arriving at his door hoping to find her little boy.
“Her face was frozen in terror. She though maybe a miracle from God would have the child at my house. Later I looked at the casualty list … and his name was on it.”