Town renames Connecticut school for slain teacher

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 5:40pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 5:45pm


Officials of a town near Newtown, Connecticut, are renaming a local school for a resident killed in the primary school massacre and who has been hailed as a hero.

HoneySpot Elementary School in Stratford will be named after 27-year-old Victoria Soto who died trying to shield her students from the gunman inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Shooter Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six teachers at the school on December 14 before committing suicide. He also killed his mother at their Newtown home.

Stratford mayor John Harkins made the recommendation which was approved on Monday night, exactly one month after the shootings.

The mayor also is hoping to build a memorial to Soto, and a petition has been started to rename a local street after her.

Soto graduated from Stratford High School in 2003.