NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – Just like the rest, Jesse Lewis wasn’t here to celebrate what would have been his 15th birthday back in June and he won’t be here to celebrate the holidays or play on his farm.
“The loss is the same. It’s very painful. I feel pain every day. I cry every day,” said Scarlett Lewis, Jesse’s mother.
Sandy Hook sits along the Housatonic River. Nine years ago, it made headlines for all the wrong reasons as 26 children and educators went to school and never returned. Scarlett at that point made it her mission to be part of the solution.
“We shouldn’t ask them to protect themselves in their classrooms like Jesse had to and I know that every school shooting is 100 percent preventable, so how could I do anything, but dedicate the rest of my life to being part of the solution,” Scarlett said.
According to law enforcement, Jesse yelled to his classmates to run on that unspeakable day. He couldn’t save himself but saved several others. To honor Jesse’s legacy and keep kids safe, Lewis created a learning curriculum that is taught in 10,000 schools in more than 100 countries.