Newtown man cared for six students after Sandy Hook school shooting


Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.


Douglas Healy

In the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, it has now emerged that a man cared for six students after they fled Sandy Hook Elementary school.

69-year-old Gene Rosen said the children told him "our teacher is dead," the Associated Press reported.

"We can't go back to school," one boy told Rosen. "Our teacher is dead. Mrs. Soto; we don't have a teacher," the New York Post wrote.

Rosen, a retired psychologist, took the four girls and two boys into his home, the AP said, gave them toys and juice, listened to their stories and tried "frantically to reach their parents."

Rosen, who lived near the school, "was driving away when he noticed six small children sitting in a semicircle at the end of his driveway, supervised by a bus driver," according to the AP.

The half dozen children had just fled the classroom where their first grade teacher Victoria Soto was shot and killed.

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As GlobalPost has reported, 20 children and six adults were killed by gunman Adam Lanza who went on a rampage at the school and then later committed suicide.