State police personnel led children from the school, following the shooting. (Credit: Bee Photo, Shannon Hicks)
Tales of heroism are being to emerge as officials piece together more details about Friday's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.
Connecticut CBS affiliate WFSB report that a young teacher died protecting students from the gunman. Members of 27-year-old Victoria Soto's family told WFSB that her body was found in a position indicating she was shielding students from gunfire.
Soto was a first-grade teacher.
Principal Dawn Hochspring reportedly was killed when she lunged at the gunman in an attempt to overtake him.
An 8-year-old's mother credits a teacher for saving her son's life by yanking him into her classroom as bullets whizzed by. The little boy had been in the hallway prior to that teacher's quick action.
Other teachers have been hailed as heroes not for what the physically did, but for the emotional stability they provided for their students during the shooting.
Parents of a first grader told CNN that their son's teacher "relaxed them [the students] to the point that they were unaware of what was going on." They reported their son being upbeat and talkative when they found him despite being only two classrooms away from where the shootings occurred.
"Absolute superheroes," the mother told CNN regarding the Sandy Hooks teachers' grace under pressure.
A kindergarten teacher reportedly locked her doors, covered her windows, then took her students to the back of the classroom and read to them, so that they would hear her voice and not the sounds of gunfire.
As authorities begin releasing more information and survivors share their stories, many more similar accounts are expected to come.