A newly surfaced photo is going viral this week, and it appears to show that the same person died in both the Sandy Hook massacre and the Boston bombing.
The image on the left is a screenshot of a news story profiling Dawn Hochsprung, the principal killed during the Sandy Hook shooting. The image on the right, however, is a news story about a woman named Donna who died during the Boston marathon bombing.
Bizarrely enough, both women look exactly the same, suggesting that the government played some role in one of these incidents. Snopes.com attempted to explain:
The woman pictured above is the late Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the school principal who was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings, and the right-hand panel purportedly shows her picture being displayed on the screen during an interview with someone named Donna about the Boston Marathon bombings. Some commentators have noted that the woman who stepped in as principal at Sandy Hook after Dawn Hochsprung’s death was Donna Page and theorized that the former was the “Donna” referenced during the pictured interview about the Boston Marathon bombings (in the course of which her predecessor’s picture was shown on-screen). Although at least one woman named Donna who ran in the marathon that day did give media interviews about her experience, the only such reference we have seen that mentioned a surname identified the interviewee as Donna Bruce, not Donna Page.
A group of Newtown parents known as Team Newtown Strong entered the Boston Marathon and ran the 26 miles to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shootings, so it’s possible Dawn Hochsprung would have been mentioned if one or more of those team members had been interviewed.
What do you think about this? Does it suggest a government conspiracy, or was it an honest mistake? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.