Sandy Hook Shooting Survivor Will Be Guest at State of the Union

Teacher Natalie Hammond, who was shot on Dec. 14, will attend the event as a guest of U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty, the Hartford Courant is reporting.


Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Natalie Hammond was one of two injured during the Dec. 14 shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead. Now the teacher will appear at President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union Address, the Hartford Courant reports.

Hammond will attend as the guest of Rep. Elizabeth Esty, whose district includes Newtown. She will watch the address from the gallery of the House of Representatives, alongside guests of other representatives. The Courant reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will bring an "unidentified child from Newtown and her mother."

Rep. Esty is a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Task Force, which has been holding hearing since the shooting to make recommendations on legislation.

"As the Representative for Newtown and as a mother, I feel a special responsibility to that community and to the parents who have suffered such unimaginable horror," she said about her role on the task force.

In January, Esty spoke at the town's second community discussion on the fate of Sandy Hook school, telling the crowd she had the ear of Vice President Joe Biden.

"I don't know how we're gonna do it, but we'll do it," she said at the meeting. "You decide what you need. Our job is ... to make it happen as quickly as possible."

KKMOM February 09, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Mrs. Hammond is an incredible teacher described by my son on December 13th, at the 4th grade chorus concert, as "a teacher you can just tell really loves you". .My son keeps telling me that she is still the lead teacher at his school and says how much he can't wait for her to come back.
Phenomenal February 09, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Natalie is very much missed by her students. My son is always asking about her, it will be good to tell him about this.
Susan February 10, 2013 at 03:31 PM
My daughter had Natalie when she was in SH and she always said she was one of her favorite teachers!!! She is considered by us as another hero that day that protected those students at any cost!!
Lisa February 13, 2013 at 12:13 AM
My daughter had Natalie as well at SHS - back in 2001-2002. She is still her favorite teacher to this day! Now she's our hero as well!


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