LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Six of the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary Friday were teachers or administrators – with stories from the scene indicating all six women gave their lives in the interest of protecting their students.
"We're very strongly motivated by love," said Dr. Rick Kyte, a Professor of Ethics at Viterbo University."When people we love are in danger we don't think about our own safety. We think of protecting them."
Kyte added the bond between teachers and their students, especially at the elementary and high school levels, is very strong.
"Those teachers see their students every day for 9 months," he said. "That bond is like a parent-child relationship."
"You come to care about not just what they're learning, but what kind of person they become," Kyte said.
"The safety of our students is our top priority," said Regina Siegel, the Director of Pupil Services and Learning Support in the La Crosse School District.
She added she's confident staff members in her district would have stood up for their students just like their counterparts in Connecticut did.
"Teachers, custodians, administrators, all of us know the possibility for violence in our schools,"she said. "We're trained for that."
"We do a lot of training about what to do if something like that happens," Siegel added, "but we also know it's a sacrifice and a risk we're taking regularly to keep our students safe."
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