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Classmate Says Adam Lanza Did Attend Sandy Hook School

Dec 19, 2012

By Gary Stoller and Oren Dorell

The gunman who massacred 20 youngsters in their classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary School had once attended that school, according to a Newtown school administrator and a former classmate.

Janet Robinson, superintendent of Newtown Public Schools, said Adam Lanza was a student at the elementary school, although she could not remember the year.

"I know that he was a student at Sandy Hook at some point," she said.

Former classmate Dan Lynch said he recalls Lanza attending the school in fifth grade in fall 2002.

The signatures of Lanza and his fifth-grade classmates are on a Sandy Hook Elementary T-shirt made by the school and given to each student. Lanza and other fifth-graders attended the school in fall 2002 before moving in January 2003 to the newly built Reed Intermediate School for fifth- and sixth-graders.

The Sandy Hook School T-shirt says "2003," but Lanza and his classmates actually left Sandy Hook at the end of 2002.

Lanza was home-schooled for some of his education, family members have said.

Lynch, now a junior at the University of Connecticut, says he remembers Lanza at the Sandy Hook school.

"I was in class with him in fifth grade, and he was extremely introverted," Lynch says. "He was really skittish, always anxious and nervous."

Lynch says he remembers watching a sex-education movie, and Lanza saying he was about to throw up and needed to leave the room.

Lynch says Lanza was "a nice kid when he did talk to you" and "not a bad person."

Lanza "kept to himself, and everyone left him alone," Lynch says. "I can never recall him getting bullied."

Details of the drama surrounding the school continued to surface. One firefighter in the initial rescue squad to respond to the 911 call last week at Sandy Hook Elementary had a son in the school at the time of the shooting, Sandy Hook Fire Chief William Halstead told Fire Chief magazine in an interview published Tuesday.

Halstead's daughter, Karin Halstead, the EMS captain, spotted the boy, who was safe. The wife of another firefighter was visiting the school and hid behind a trash bin during the shooting, Halstead said.

Halstead told the magazine that the firefighters set up a triage area, expecting dozens of wounded people, but they cared for only two victims: one woman with gunshot wounds in her hand and thigh and one woman with gunshot wounds in her leg and foot.

Halstead said his ex-wife and the school nurse hid in a closet when the shooting started.



Source: Copyright USA TODAY 2012


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