People don’t usually think of teachers as first responders, but that is exactly what they are. Whether it is physical assault, social aggression, emotional trauma or cognitive battering, educators are there to protect and defend our nation’s children each day.

Many thanks to the Sandy Hook administrators, faculty and staff who so clearly demonstrated how committed educators are to serving as parentis in loco, selflessly putting the needs, safety and precious lives of children before their own.

Bless them, the children, and all of the families affected by such senseless tragedy.