Top Conservative Publication: Shooting Occurred Because Women Ran The School

Written by Zack Beauchamp

If there were fewer women and more “male aggression” in Sandy Hook Elementary School, the massacre there never would have taken place, according to a contribution to a leading conservative magazine.

National Review, whose in-house editorial suggested Newtown was the price of the Second Amendment, published a piece on Wednesday from anti-feminist Charlotte Allen suggesting the reason the shooter was able to kill so many students was because Newtown was a “feminized setting:”

There was not a single adult male on the school premises when the shooting occurred. In this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school), all the personnel — the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the “reading specialist” — were female. There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers. The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, seemed to have performed bravely. According to reports, she activated the school’s public-address system and also lunged at Lanza, before he shot her to death. Some of the teachers managed to save all or some of their charges by rushing them into closets or bathrooms. But in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm. Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza.

Via Jessica Valenti, who notes that this is extraordinarily “disrespectful to the female teachers and staff at Sandy Hook. Allen mentions their heroism as an anomalous aside rather than exceptional bravery that saved lives. The bravery of the women in Newtown – principal Dawn Hochsprung and psychologist Mary Sherlach who rushed the shooter before being killed, teacher Victoria Soto who died protecting her students, Kaitlin Roig and Abbey Clements who hid their students and calmed them – is remarkable.”

Allen went on to blame Lanza’s mother, saying “You simply can’t give a non-working, non-school-enrolled 20-year-old man free range of your home, much less your cache of weapons…Unfortunately, the idea of being an ‘adult’ and a ‘man’ once one has reached physical maturity seems to have faded out of our coddling culture.”

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Connie T.
Past Member 6 years ago

National Review:
come on, you're kidding, right?

Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage se6 years ago


Nils Lunde
PlsNoMessage se6 years ago


Melania Padilla
Melania P6 years ago

Idiots!! Thanks for posting

Nicole Meda
Nicole meda6 years ago

Prevent these kind of shootings from happening in the first place by signing my petition:

Thank you

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper6 years ago

Ignore rubbish

Kit S.
Kathleen H6 years ago

"Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza."

Yes, you imbecile, I can imagine. They'd have been shot. It is worrying that people with these sort of antiquated notions of what it is to be male, and to be female, still exist. Which century are we living in again?

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil

"Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza."
National Review.

"The REAL trouble with Sandy Hook was, all the females there were wimpy heterosexuals. Just think what a difference it would've made if there were a couple of big, tough, manly lesbians who had played high school soccer! Or even some of the huskier 12-year-old girls, who were into athletics and wore jeans and flannel shirts, if they had converged on Lanza."
Is that offensive? YOU BET! Hope you recognize SARCASM...
If we are dealing in SEXUAL STEREOTYPES here, that's as good as any...
{Of course, the school was K-4, so there shouldn't have been any 12-year-olds... but hey, some of those 10-year-old [future lesbian] girls can be pretty tough, and could take out an armed killer...}
SARCASM! The National Review "logic" here...

Mark Donners
Mark Donner6 years ago

Brandon, you reserve a right to nothing and you have a "right" to nothing. All you proved with that idiotic "knowledge" about guns is your types in America, Canada or anywhere in the world are very very stupid people. It's a crying pity that children and animals are victims of american sociopaths who think their flesh tearing military machine guns are more important than a child or an animal's life. The only necessity right now is confiscation of your military terrorist weapons and hiring of armed PROFESSIONALS who nowadays have to be around elementary schools to protect 5 year old kids from your type of child killing machine gun obsessed rednecks. You have no respect from anybody who is halfway sane with that psychotic argument.

Anne Molinas
Anne Molinas6 years ago

What is disturbing is not whether this is true or whether the women in the school acted bravely but that in this day and age we can hear such stereotypical rhetoric and then keep discussing its validity. Haven't we yet debunked the erroneous notion that women are passive and weak and men aggressive and need to protect us?

We need to stop generalizing and assuming stereotypes about people, and that includes for example, gun owners, NRA members, liberals, conservatives, gun-control supporters and people with mental illness.