Call to name Connecticut school after hero Newtown teacher Victoria Soto

Posted at 1:06 PM, Jan 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-07 13:08:31-05

Victoria Soto

STRATFORD, CONN. (HARTFORD COURANT) — Mayor John A. Harkins had proposed renaming Honeyspot Elementary School after Victoria Soto, who died protecting her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month in Newtown.

“In the days since the tragedy in Sandy Hook, the stories of bravery and heroism by Stratford’s own Victoria Soto have been both heart-wrenching and abundant,” Harkins said in a written statement. “She gave her life protecting children, and we must make sure her sacrifice is never forgotten.”

He said he has met with Soto’s family, and they have shown “amazing strength and resilience in remembering and honoring Victoria’s life.”

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Soto grew up in Stratford.

The town council must approve the name change; Harkins’ proposal is expected to be taken up at its Jan. 14 meeting.

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The groundbreaking for the new school is scheduled for this summer.

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Soto, 27, was one of six staff members to die in the Dec. 14 rampage, which also claimed the lives of 20 students.

Seven of her students were found huddled and unharmed in a classroom closet, apparently hidden by her. Other students were able to flee.