A teacher at Robb Elementary School recalled the harrowing moment she heard the sound of gunshots ricocheting down the hallway as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos allegedly began his killing spree.
The teacher, who requested anonymity, told NBC News in an interview Wednesday that the ensuing mass shooting, in which the gunman allegedly killed 19 students and two teachers in another classroom, was “the longest 35 minutes of my life.”
She said she heard the unmistakable sound of gunshots as her students were watching a Disney film to celebrate the final week of classes Tuesday when she heard gunfire coming from the hallway.
The teacher quickly shouted for her students to hide under their desks and ran to lock the classroom door.
She said the children knew exactly what to do because of their many active target practice sessions.
“You’ve been practicing for this day for years,” the teacher told NBC. “They knew this wasn’t an exercise. We knew we had to be quiet or we would give ourselves away.”
The loud screams of injured children were soon followed by the sound of gunfire from the hallway, she said, and some of her own students began to cry in fear for their own lives.
The teacher, sitting on the floor in the middle of the room, gestured for her tear-stained students to sit next to her. She held them in her arms and whispered to them to pray silently.
She tried to remain calm and gestured to her class full of terrified students that they were all fine.
After about 35 torturous minutes, police officers approached the classroom windows from outside the building and smashed the glass.
The students lined up and their teacher helped everyone exit the building through the window.
“After the last kid, I turned to make sure everyone was out,” the teacher told NBC. “I knew I had to go quickly, but I didn’t go until I knew for sure.”
Later that day, her students’ parents texted her, “Thank you for protecting my baby.”
“But it’s not just her baby,” the teacher said, sobbing to an NBC reporter on her porch. “This is my baby too. You are not my students. They are my children.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/robb-elementary-school-teacher-recalls-moment-she-heard-gunfire-in-nearby-class/ The Robb Elementary School teacher recalls the moment she heard gunshots in the nearby classroom