Medal Of Freedom Petition For Slain Teachers

Americans Ask Obama To Give Heroic Newtown Teachers The Medal Of Freedom

There are no words to explain the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. When Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 young children and six heroic teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, he also struck a blow to the heart of our nation. December 14, 2012 will always be remembered as one of the darkest days in a deeply troubled era. But now, out of despair comes a bright ray of hope and remembrance. Grateful citizens have launched a petition on the White House Website that asks President Obama to award the Presidential Medal Of Freedom to the six brave teachers who gave their lives to protect their students.

The Presidential Medal Of Freedom is awarded at the discretion of the President of the United States. The medal is the highest civilian award conferred by the American government, and it is the equivalent of the Congressional Medal Of Honor bestowed on America’s bravest military heroes. The Medal Of Freedom is presented to individuals who make “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Many fine people from all walks of life have received the Medal Of Freedom, including such notables as musician Bob Dylan, Boston Celtics center Bill Russel, author Maya Angelou, and Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Now there are six more names that need to join the Roll of Honor: Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, School Staff Psychologist Mary Sherlach, Behavioral Therapist Rachel D’Avino, Special Education Teacher Anne Marie Murphy, Teacher Lauren Rousseau, and Teacher Victoria Soto.

Every single one of these devoted educators gave their lives to protect the children from harm. Lauren Rousseau was found in her empty classroom after she hid her students.. Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was the first to die as she confronted the gunman. It is believed she turned on the schools public address system before she died. The shots rang out over the Hallway and classroom speakers, warning the school and saving many lives. Mary Sherlach was there with Principal Hochsprung and gave her life trying to help her friend stop the gunman.

Lauren Rousseau, who was found huddled over the bodies of her students, fulfilled her lifelong dream and became a full time teacher at Sandy Hook. She was a joyous young woman who always bubbled with enthusiasm. She described her time at the Newtown, Connecticut school as the best year of her life.

Lauren’s dad, Gilles Rousseau, spoke of about his daughter’s love for the children:

“She was like a kid in many ways. That’s why she liked working with kids so much. She died with her little kids.”

Lauren’s mom added these poignant words:

“I’m used to having people die who are older, not the person whose room is up over the kitchen.”

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