News Column

Sandy Hook Teacher to Attend State of the Union

Feb 8, 2013

Mara Lee, The Hartford Courant

Natalie Hammond, the lead teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who survived being shot on Dec. 14, will listen to the President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday from the gallery of the House of the Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, invited Hammond to be her guest. Hammond was shot by Adam Lanza, who killed 20 students and six adults at the school. He also shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, said Friday that Carlos Soto will be her guest at the State of the Union. He is the brother of teacher Vicki Soto, who was shot and killed

Esty is one of more than a dozen Congress members who has chosen to invite someone touched by gun violence. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, whose husband was killed and whose son was wounded in a mass shooting on the Long Island Rail Road in 1993, invited the nephew of another man who died that day, according to the New York Times.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd district, invited Sgt. First Class Micah Welintukonis, a combat medic from Coventry who was injured in Afghanistan, and who is getting treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.

The Washington Post reported House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will bring an unidentified child from Newtown and the child's mother to the State of the Union. The child does not go to Sandy Hook Elementary.

Source: (c)2013 The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Conn.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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