In late 2015 I interviewed Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis. You probably don’t recognise her name. I didn’t but I knew her story before I talked to her.
She was the teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who, when she heard gunshots coming from the hall, hid 15 first graders in a small bathroom within the classroom.
Outside the classroom was 20-year-old Adam Lanza. A loner who had already killed his mother at his home. He then drove to the small Connecticut school, stalking the halls and the first classrooms he came to, shooting dead 20 children between six and seven years old and six adult staff members.
All of Roig-DeBellis's first-graders survived. The then 29-year-old piled 15 children into one small bathroom. She put three on top of the cistern, she squashed them in, then she pulled a large storage cart in front of the door. As the gunfire came towards them and the children cried and asked for their mummies, when Roig-DeBellis thought they were all going to die, she said to the little children: “I need you to know that I love you all very much”.
Outside her classroom teachers were murdered as they tried to protect children. When Lanza shot a six-year-old autistic child in the classroom next door to Roig-DeBellis's room, he had to first shoot through the teacher's aide who was cradling the child. The principal, 47-year-old Dawn Hochsprung, all of five foot two, was shot charging at the gunman.
Years later Roig-DeBellis wrote a book about the deadliest US school shooting and that is when I interviewed her and this site ran a book extract.
That was also when I was welcomed into the vile and deluded world of "Sandy Hook truthers". They believe this massacre of innocent children, was a fake. A hoax, a conspiracy designed by anti-gun activists to dilute second amendment US gun laws.
These "truthers" have terrorised the Sandy Hook victims ever since. They have trolled them mercilessly online and called them actors and even threatened to kill them for their "lies". They have fake news websites they reference and counter reference. They are like a sub-species of trolls, drinking out of poisoned web troughs and then spewing back out their misinformation and bile - with righteousness - at real people.