Educator killed in shooting honored

TROY – The Sage Colleges observed a moment of silence in honor of the victims – including a woman with ties to the local area – of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Friday on the Russell Sage campus.

Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and a doctoral candidate in Sage’s Educational Leadership program when she lost her life in the Newtown, Conn., shooting on December 14, 2012.

Hochsprung, then 47, had a vacation house on Lakeview Road in Broadalbin. Hochsprung also had relatives who lived in Fulton County.

According to information from the school, the event included a moment of silence and a reading of the names of those lost in the Sandy Hook shooting. Twenty-seven candles remained lit in honor of the victims. The event was hosted by the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety. The center was founded by Sage in Hochsprung’s honor.