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Stratford Mayor Wants to Rename School After Vicki Soto

If approved, an elementary school in Stratford will be named in honor of the 27-year-old teacher who was killed protecting her students at Sandy Hook School on Dec. 14, 2012.


Stratford's Honeyspot Elementary School could be renamed in honor of Victoria Soto.

The change would take effect under a proposal by Mayor John Harkins, if approved by the Town Council at its next meeting on Jan. 14, according to a report by WFSB.

Soto, 27, was killed on Dec. 14, 2012, trying to protect students in her first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. She was among 27 people killed that day by Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old police identified as the shooter and who ultimately took his own life. One of the victims was his mother, Nancy Lanza; the others were 20 students and six educators, including Soto.

The oldest of four siblings, she was described by her family as an energetic, funny, fearless, sarcastic and inspirational person who loved being together with her large family. Indeed, Soto's story of heroism on that tragic day has spurred a petition to rename a street in her hometown of Stratford in her name — and .

Harkins, who has met with Soto's family over the past few weeks, was not immediately available for comment Monday afternoon.

Currently, Honeyspot is home to kindergartners through second graders. A project is underway to build a new school in its place, and construction is expected to start this summer.

Nancy Sasso Janis January 08, 2013 at 02:00 AM
I think this is an excellent idea. What a wonderful memorial it will be for this young educator who will always be remembered for her bravery. I am so proud of my hometown for honoring her in this way.
John Symon January 08, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Great idea! Tank you Mayor Harkins!!
Elena January 08, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Wonderful idea, Mayor Harkins!
Heather Bruno January 09, 2013 at 07:25 PM
Not a day goes by that I do not think of vicki and her bravery. Anyway to honor her and all of those children is a great idea. I do not live in Newtown but I think of the people of Newtown everyday and pray that they will all find peace especially the families of those who passed.

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