Quick Thinking of 6-Year-Old Sandy Hook Victim Helped Save 6 of His Classmates

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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

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nonmember avatar maliyahsmom29

Such a strong little boy !

Steph... Steph1499

What a hero!!  That is what a real hero is.  His life may not have been long but it will be remembered.  

Austi... Austinsmommy12

That just breaks my heart into pieces. What a selfless little baby. At 6, he was still a baby. How someone could shoot a child, I'll never know. Rest in peace child, and know you'll always be remembered for your bravery. The definition of a hero.

nonmember avatar Observer

Not mentioned is that school administrator's policy was to have kids either
a) cower under desks
b) herd into closets if they'll fit.

a) means stationary targets easier for an amateur shooter to hit.
b) means the shooter walks to the next classroom, or shoots through the closet door with the victims conveniently bunched together. S/he can then open the closet and finish off anyone in it, as their only escape is now into the line of fire. Brilliant.

The six year old got it right.
School admistrators have helped get more kids and college students killed.

After little Jesse Lewis's example there's finally talk of changing policy to run out of the building if possible, or harass and tackle the shooter if not.

If educrats have to be schooled by a six-year old about this, what else are they getting wrong?

Momm2... Momm2threeboyz

I couldn't be prouder of this little boy, and could ONLY HOPE my boys would do the same! It also saddens me that not only a child, but one that I would TRULY HOPE my kids could grow up with had to be the victim!! I don't understand why the good ones always have to go when there are SOOO many that SHOULD go!! Boggling...RIP Baby boy!!

PinkB... PinkButterfly66

The world would be a better place if that little boy had a chance to grow up.  Who knows what those 20 boys and girls would have contributed to society had they been allowed to grow up.  If that is not reason enough for common sense gun control laws nationwide, I don't know what is.

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