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Sandy Hook survivor speaks out about her experiences

By Sandy Mueller
On March 5, 2014

Kaitlin Roig, Sandy Hook survivor and founder of Classes4Classes spoke about her experiences as a teacher, UConn alumna, and the tragedy on Dec. 14, 2012.
"There are no words to describe the events of Dec. 14, 2012," Roig said.
Kaitlin had to make a choice as soon as she heard the "loud rapid gunfire." She made her 15 first graders go into their small classroom bathroom. They were in the bathroom for 45 minutes before a SWAT team came to get them out.
"Good and bad are always present and we had survived," Roig said.
After the shooting, her school received many gifts from people around the world. This is where the idea for Classes4Classes came about. Classes4Classes is a non-profit that Roig started to help her students understand the idea of giving back.
During the events of Sandy Hook, she tried to stay positive when she knew that the worst could happen.
"The power of positive thinking during the hardest times in your life is huge," Roig said.
The event had a positive mood. Though, the Sandy Hook shooting was discussed, the main focus was the positivity that came from it.
"It's an important message to bring back to campus. When we receive you have to give; It's not a one sided story," said SUBOG Lecture Chair Samantha Orchowitz.
"People were very excited and looking forward to meeting her and hearing her story," Orchowitz said.
According to Orchowitz the story speaks to UConn students on a more personal level.
"We are only 40 minutes away and it is closer to home because there are students that are from Newtown and know people that were affected. It's not something you see other places," Orchowitz said.
Roig ended the lecture with a quote from Mohandas K. Gandhi, "be the change we wish to see the world."

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