NEWTOWN, Conn. — Gene Rosen heard the staccato sound of gunfire near his home Friday morning, but dismissed it as a hunter in the nearby woods.
Then, 15 minutes later, as he was heading from his house near Sandy Hook Elementary school to a diner, he saw the children.
There were six of them, small children sitting in a neat semicircle at the end of his driveway. A school bus driver was standing over them, telling them things would be all right. It was about 9:30 a.m., and the children, he discovered, had just run from their school to escape a gunman.
“We can’t go back to school,” one little boy told Rosen. “Our teacher is dead. Mrs. Soto; we don’t have a teacher.”
That’s when Rosen’s grandfatherly instincts kicked in.
The 69-year-old retired psychologist took the four girls and two boys into his home, and over the next few…
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