‘Our Teacher Is Dead’

Newtown Man Cared for Six Kids

Numerous stories of courageous heroes rising to the occasion during Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary have emerged, and Gene Rosen now joins their ranks. The 69-year-old Newtown man lived near the school, and was driving away when he noticed six small children sitting in a semicircle at the end of his driveway, supervised by a bus driver. The six students had just escaped the classroom where their teacher, Victoria Soto, had been shot and killed. Rosen took them into his home, fed them juice, and gave them stuffed animals to play with while he frantically tried to contact their parents to let them know their children were safe.