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Sunday, December 16, 2012

An American heroine

I'd like to introduce you all to America's version of Roi Klein HY"D. Klein, as you may recall, was the IDF commander who fell on a grenade during the Second Lebanon War, killing himself, but saving all of his troops. America's Roi Klein is named Victoria Soto. She was a first-grade teacher in Newtown, Connecticut. And on Friday, she saved the lives of all of the children in her class. Here's her story (Hat Tip: Mrs. Carl).
Victoria Soto, 27, a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., ushered her students into a closet, and in so doing placed her body between them and the assailant.

"She was found huddled over her children, her students, doing instinctively what she knew was the right thing," her cousin Jim Wiltsie tells ABC News. "I'm just proud that Vicki had the instincts to protect her kids from harm," he continued. "It brings peace to know that Vicki was doing what she loved, protecting the children, and, in our eyes, she's a hero."
Actually, there was more to it than that.
A friend posted a tribute to Miss Soto on her Tumblr account. In her tribute she wrote: "I talked to Vicki Tuesday and she told me that she loved her 16 angels and never wanted to let them go. Today when the shooting started Vicki hid her kids in closets and when the gunman came into her room she told them the class was in gym. She was then murdered. Not one of her students were harmed. Words can not express how heartbreaking and tragic this is. I will miss you dearly."
All of our children should have teachers as dedicated to the children's well-being as Vicky Soto was to her children. She sacrificed her life to save to her children. The Talmud says that one's students are considered to be like one's own children. Vicky Soto put that Talmudic edict into action. May her memory be blessed.

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At 10:49 AM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

I am confused.

First it says; "She was found huddled over her children, her students." This implies the children were murdered.

Then it says: "She was then murdered. Not one of her students were harmed.".

Which is it?

I wish heroes like her lived to see their students grow up. What a horror and loss!


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