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Did TIME Magazine Get It Wrong?

December 20, 2012

Did TIME Magazine Get It Wrong?

Last week TIME Magazine announced President Barack Obama as the 2012 Person of The Year.

Knowing the details we know now surrounding the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre last Friday is it safe to say that this year TIME Magazine got it wrong?


America knows her as the bright-eyed Sandy Hook teacher who died shielding her children from the bullets of a disturbed young man. But for her family and friends, Victoria “Vicki” Soto is more than just a smiling face. She was strong, fearless, energetic, silly, and passionate. She grew up playing with Barbies and listening to the Backstreet Boys. She loved “The Little Mermaid” and had nicknames for all her close friends. She planned ugly sweater parties and coordinated Secret Santa. She was a goddaughter, cousin, best friend, and big sister. And she loved being a teacher.

In the eulogy given by Vicki’s best friend and college roommate, Rachel Schiavone, she said:

She was strong and totally fearless and it doesn’t surprise me at all that Vicki died protecting her kids. She loved them more than anything and bragged that this year she had the best first grade class ever. She talked about each of them and on Friday they were supposed to be making gingerbread houses. She loved seeing how excited the kids got and always prided herself on being the cool teacher at school. She stayed late every night working on lesson plans, billboards and special activities for the kids.

This is just a sampling of the amazing things that were said about Vicki. She died protecting her kids. Because of Vicki I can tell my 6 year old daughter that there are angels in this world not just monsters.

She is a true hero. It’s not political, but I think TIME Magazine got it wrong this year. Their cover should look like the image below.

You can read the eulogies for Vicki here: