Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

By: Vicky Riewer

Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut used to be a small school that wasn't really known. But on December 14th, 2012 Adam Lanza went into Sandy Hook and killed 26 people. 20 students ages 6 -7 and 6 adult staff. There were about 700 students at the school. They had thought that they were safe from any risks at there school because of a new security system installed. They also had the doors locked every day at 9:30 along with a new rule for visitors, "required visitors to be visibly identified and buzzed in" ( The door was locked and a gunman arrived. The authorities say that the gunman used a weapon to get into a school.

The schools psychologist (Mary Sherlach) and principle (Natalie Hammond) went to see what it was and only the principle (Hammond) returned from the hallway and she was badly wounded. At about 9:30 the announcements were playing when students and teachers heard the shots. The students were rushed into bathrooms and closets. The gunman (Adam Lanza) went in the classroom of substitute teacher Lauren Rousseasu and killed her and the 14 other students in the classroom. "In another classroom Victoria Soto, 27, moved her first-grade students away from the door. The gunman burst in and shot her, according to the father of a surviving student. Six students were killed in that classroom"(

When the officers got to the school and they were advancing towards Lanza he took his own life. Police then checked the rest of the school to see if there were anymore shooters and when they didn't see anymore they cleared the school and brought them to a nearby firehouse. When the word got around the town about the shooting parents checked to see if there kids where okay. Later the firehouse became a place where family or friends of the people lost in the shooting gathered.

Many people have questioned the sanity of Adam Lanza and if he had any mental illnesses. And to answer that question Adam had serious mental issues. "A history of obsessive-compulsive behaviors and a fascination with mass shootings" ( He had many different therapists or mental health specialists. None of his therapists/ mental health specialists thought that he was capable of hurting anyone else. "While Lanza had seen professionals for his mental issues, but declined medicines prescribed to help him manage his symptoms" (

Stanley Milgram:

Stanley Milgrams experiment was used to show how people would listen to authority. The example that they used was shocking people. Two people would come into the room and one would think that they were just picked. While the other was an actor and would be the one who was being shocked. The person who thought that they were picked thought they would have a chance of being shocked. While the actor was the one who was always shocked. They took the actor into a room where they would shock him. The other person would go in to a separate room to ask questions.

Whenever the person in the other room got a question wrong they were suppose to shock them. They were also suppose to make the voltage higher. They thought that there were hurting the other people in the opposite room (the actor) because they heard pre-recorded sounds of him screaming or telling them to stop. Some people thought that they should stop and when they asked the authority and the authority told them to continue 63% did continue. Going to the highest voltage. When they got to the highest voltage they had to sound going off to make it seem like he was unconscious or dead.

When they went all the way through they told them about the experiment and how they would have injured the person. They went into the room with the actor to show that he was okay and that it was just an experiment.


My connect with Stanley Milgram would be how far people are willing to go. I connect it to the Sandy Hook shooting because he went to far to hurt someone to be famous. Also to connect it with Sandy Hook he was obsessed with historical shooting. To see how far he would go and see how the shooters would get attention. So him doing it to get attention could be a reason why he did that.

I connect it to Robbers Cave because they are showing how if they have a common interest they can work together to have a common interest. The common interest would be the teachers working together to try and help the kids.

Robbers Cave:

In the Robbers Cave experiment they were showing how if you have a common interest than you can work with others. They started with two camps very close to each other, but they didn't know about each other yet. This camp had boys that were in middle school. The camp lasted 3 weeks. On the first week they just worked on the trust with each other (at there own camp).

On the second week they introduced the camps to each other. They would challenge the camps to do different tasks slowly making them become rivals. Once they didn't like the other group. There became in-groups and out-groups. The in-group would be the group that you were in. While the out-group would be the opposite camp/group.

Finally on the third week they finished the experiment. They made them a common interest, they had to help each other to get the goal. Showing that if you have something that they have in common. They can work together to get what they want.