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Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) -- A Connecticut teacher who helped save students' lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has a book deal.

G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Tuesday that "Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour" by teacher Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it.

Roig-DeBellis hurried 15 first-graders into a bathroom upon hearing gunfire at the school in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012, saving their lives. The gunman eventually shot himself to death after gunning down his mother, six teachers and 20 children.

Last year, Roig-DeBellis founded Classes 4 Classes, a nonprofit that advocates teaching children that all lives are connected.

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DSSP04 July 29 2014 at 10:25 AM


signed Connecticut Resident

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Rich July 29 2014 at 11:35 AM

It sure seems that the definition of a hero has changed in our society. My definition of a hero is someone that deliberately puts themselves into harm's way to protect other people. Jumping on a grenade to protect your brothers in arms is a hero. Running into a burning building to rescue someone is a hero. Ushering your kids into a safe place is not a hero. If the shooter had come into the bathroom and she fought him to protect her kids, that's a hero. But just getting them into hiding isn't, at least by my definition.

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mkdogolfs Rich July 29 2014 at 5:27 PM

Good thing your definition doesn't work for everyone.

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Shawn July 29 2014 at 10:38 AM

I know this story supports your ultra liberal position of guns huffpo, but let it go, move on. You can't really get any more traction on this story, huffpo, but you did try to take our guns, you liberal pieces of sh..

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OH NO!!! July 29 2014 at 12:28 PM

I still think this whole tragedy smells fishy. There's just way too many unanswered questions. God rest these children, but I think some serious answers need to be addressed

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mkdogolfs OH NO!!! July 29 2014 at 5:28 PM

Which "serious answers" are you referring to? The fishy thing, in my view, is that the NRA was completely able to shut down any meaningful response to this tragedy.

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sczctf July 29 2014 at 10:48 AM

I don't think "Hero" is the proper adjective. "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Oh Please. I congratulate her on ushering her class into a bathroom. End of story.

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secn2nunn July 29 2014 at 2:24 PM

Sandy Hook never happened......it was a training scenario. Look into it.

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patiodaddy July 29 2014 at 3:25 PM

I have never believed this. Show me some Video from the school or it is BS! Even with Video I still don't believe it.

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Truwriter July 29 2014 at 1:03 PM

Translated this means that (1) she is not writing the book someone else is actually writing the book, (20 she is exploiting the tragedy for personal gain, and (3) her nonprofit organization that she founded after the tragedy will pay her a fine wage but its necessary to say its nonprofit for image purposes. I am glad she did what she did though we really don't know much other than promotional stuff she does but I am appalled but not surprised that she has found people who will help her exploit the tragedy.

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petpetdon July 29 2014 at 4:15 PM

None of you are heroes. Crawl back under your rock.

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Chris July 29 2014 at 4:33 PM

So hiding in a bathroom is all it takes now in America to be a hero for the press. A hero would have stomped that little mommies boy libtard and stuffed his gun up his rump.

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