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Let's not get any easier in Newtown Connecticut today as they hold more funerals.
And calling hours for six victims now.
Among them is 27 year old teacher Victoria -- -- Her family saying that she hurried her first grade students into a closet behind her and then used her body to shield some of the students from the spray of gunfire.
As hundreds of friends and family members turn out to pay their final respects.
-- -- hotel and the other staff members at sandy hook elementary are being hailed as heroes.
In our next guest has been inspired.
By their dedication.
Katie -- is a sixth grade teacher blogger and author and she wrote this heartfelt open letter to the heroes of sandy hook on foxnews.com.
Posted their now.
She joins us now live via Skype Katie thanks so much for being here with us.
We were really moved by what you wrote.
And it really just reminded a lot of folks on our team about what we -- about our own teachers -- we are growing up and how that's.
Not gotten forgotten but guiding ill gotten a little -- -- skated in in the stories -- -- about teachers on the news.
So often that involve -- staying in controversy and so on and one of the lines from your piece.
Talked about how these heroes showed America at the heart and soul of teachers is undervalued underpaid often criticized much maligned profession.
Yes I mean I think that all educators are so profoundly affected by what happened in Connecticut and down and were really carrying it around this week and works we're seeking about our practice -- aren't thinking about each other in new.
I think we all knew where there are bad maybe have been brought the surface as they had and -- When you hear the stories of of teachers in this school sandy hook up like Anne Marie Murphy.
So it came out today it was found shielding her special education student little Dylan.
Literally her body holding him trying to stop him from the gunfire that would ultimately take both of their lives her story the story of -- Soto.
That we mentioned in the introduction.
The story of -- -- -- that the principal who was said to have run toward the gunman and try to alerted every when she could before she was killed the danger had.
Arrived at sandy hook.
My reaction to it.
My reaction is that.
It it is beautiful and selfless but not surprising because I see teachers across America everyday.
Acting in small ways that are -- and as this example this terrible example on Friday in in huge acts of bravery.
And down and so well well I walked around school yesterday I didn't know those details until yesterday I I heard on the radio about them and I had been trying to not listen to them so that I could go about my work -- -- But once I did hear about it I I looked at my colleagues and I thought of them and I and I just note that they would do the same thing.
To protect my own children you go to school here and every other child.
That's the things that you hear about selling these teachers including Vicki Soto and how they didn't -- -- of these children that they taught as their class of their students but as their kids you know that they -- -- And that I have so many teachers -- you reading your piece about how yes.
-- -- fellow teachers to teach math and you teach literature and teach grammar but you also teach kindness empathy bravery civic engagement and perspective taking and there's such a relationship between teachers and their young charges that.
We forget to value sometimes.
We do and it it is it's -- the subtext.
You know you can't really reach a child about -- until you have a relationship.
Until they trust you in salute you know how to access their education in ways that are meaningful and you take that away with scripts are are certain controls and -- it's really hard hit to get anywhere students and so that's really the basic level it's that it's a subtext that not a lot of people.
Not a lot of people bring up me and politics but certainly so crucial into a class community.
We use just amazed -- -- the bravery you know the courage of these mean a lot these young women and the -- that it was 27 years old.
And and you know in the feet confronted with the gunman something -- never dreamed would happen to them especially not -- school environment.
Having the quick action just to shield their students to actually shield them by getting them you know behind closed doors -- to throw their bodies in front of their little charges.
As gunfire rained down upon them all women by the way all the teachers women.
I'm so incredibly proud of them and I am so incredibly proud to be part of this profession.
I'm not surprised by it because I -- you see it every everywhere as far as around me with my colleagues but I am I am just look I didn't just.
Aunt in law of what they were able to do and I think we all need to take.
Make acts of bravery in honor of -- -- every day that we work students.
Their memory and and they say your piece may be people will -- us differently now to maybe they will treat us with the -- someone who can save lives or die trying.
Katie thank you so much all the best to you in your class thank you thinks they -- -- right back.
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