Investigators piecing together the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have revealed something that little Jesse Lewis did on that day to help save six of his classmates. It was simple, but it was powerful. And it is a testament to the character and strength of a 6-year-old boy who deserved so much more from his life.
In his first grade classroom, Jesse watched as Adam Lanza walked through the door and shot his teacher, Victoria Soto. But when Lanza's gun momentarily jammed Jesse yelled to his classmates, "Run." And that simple command prompted six of his classmates to do exactly that, to run past Lanza and out of the classroom to safety. Jesse's mom, Scarlett Lewis, said that after he yelled for the kids to run, "Adam reloaded and shot him in the head."
She went on to say:
When I heard he used his last few seconds on earth to try to save his friends, I was not surprised. I am so incredibly proud of him.
As we approach December 14, the year anniversary of this tragedy, it is still so devastating to think about. And although I don't think we will ever be able to make sense of what happened, we have to try to focus on the future — and on the positive. Below is a video about the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, which was founded to honor the life and memory of Jesse Lewis.
Have you talked to your children about how they should react if something like this were to happen in their school?
Image via JesseLewisChooseLove.org