[caption id="attachment_118820" align="alignleft" width="150"] The gratitude for teachers is a respite from recent years in which politicians and the public have viewed them as anything but heroes.[/caption]

Hung on a building in the Connecticut town where 20 children and six adults were killed at an elementary school is a spray-painted sign with four words: "Hug a teacher today."

It's a testament to the teachers who sprang into action when a gunman broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire. They hid students in closets and bathrooms, and even threw themselves in...

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