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Principal is one of victims in Newtown school shooting


The principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School was one of the 28 who died after a shooting inside the school Friday morning. Friends told Eyewitness News that she was a wonderful person, who loved children.

According to CBS News, the gunman, Adam Lanza, got into an argument with someone at the front office of Sandy Hook Elementary School, possibly the principal, at about 9:30 a.m. People have to be buzzed in before entering the school and there is a camera to view whoever is entering the building.

Eyewitness is learning that Dawn Hochsprung, 47, did everything she could to save the children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and if she was a hero that would not be a surprise to those who knew her.

"It's horrible. It's really hard to talk about," said neighbor Cheryl Pellow. "You want to think when you send your kids off, they are safe and then things like this happens. And it is terrible."

Neighbors added that she was a "kind, generous" and was always smiling.

"She was kind to my kids," said Leslie Brighthaupt of Newtown. 

Hochsprung was a principal at two other elementary schools in Bethlehem and Mitchell. She also worked at Hawley Elementary in Newtown.

Her husband, George Hochsprung, is a teacher in Danbury and Eyewitness News has learned that he helps students with learning disabilities at the middle school.

The couple has five children together.

There are about 600 students in grades kindergarten to fourth that attend Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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