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'Hero' principal lunged at gunman

Published 15/12/2012 | 18:09

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Dawn Hochsprung was principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School (AP/Eliza Hallabeck)

The principal who died in the rampage at a US school was killed while lunging at the gunman, town officials said.

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Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down in Friday's massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien said administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the school.

Jeff Capeci is chairman of the town's Legislative Council. Asked whether Ms Hochsprung is a hero, he said: "From what we know, it's hard to classify her as anything else."

Ms Hochsprung had worked at the school for two years. Ms Liedlien said she immediately became a well-loved figure and residents are feeling "a deep sense of loss" over her death.

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