15 Students Prayed in Closet While Gunman Screamed 'Let Me In'

A group of 15 elementary school students huddled in prayer in a closet as Adam Lanza, in the midst of his shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, was screaming, "Let me in." 

According to the New York Daily News, music teacher Maryrose Kristopik barricaded 15 children in a closet to protect them from the gunman after they heard shots being fired. The "students prayed together until a police officer knocked and told them to exit single file."

While inside the closet, the students "could hear the bloodthirsty Lanza screaming, 'Let me in!'" 

Fourth-grader C.J. Hoekenga told the Daily News the students were watching "The Nutcracker” when the "classroom filled with banging noises, heavy breathing — and then gunshots."

“I’m relieved that most of the children got out, and the man behind this is dead,” he said. 


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