Robb Elementary School teacher recalls moment she heard gunfire in nearby class
A Robb Elementary School teacher recalled the harrowing moment she heard the sound of gunfire ricochet down the corridor when 18-year-old Salvador Ramos allegedly started his rampage.
The teacher, who requested to be nameless, told NBC News in a Wednesday interview that the following mass capturing the place the gunman allegedly killed 19 college students and two lecturers in one other classroom was “the longest 35 minutes of my life.”
She mentioned she heard the unmistakable sound of gunshots erupt as her college students have been watching a Disney film Tuesday to rejoice the final week of class when she heard gunfire erupt down the corridor.
The teacher shortly shouted for her college students to cover underneath their desks and sprinted to lock the classroom door.
She mentioned the kids knew precisely what to do from their many lively shooter drills.
“They’ve been practicing for this day for years,” the teacher informed NBC. “They knew this wasn’t a drill. We knew we had to be quiet or else we were going to give ourselves away.”
The loud cries of injured youngsters quickly adopted the sound of gunshots from down the corridor, she mentioned and some of her personal college students started to cry, fearing for their very own lives.
The teacher, who was sitting on the ground in the center of the room, motioned for her teary-eyed college students to come back sit together with her. She held them in her arms and whispered for them to hope silently.
She tried to stay calm and silently movement to her class stuffed with frightened college students that all of them could be OK.
After roughly 35 agonizing minutes law enforcement officials approached the home windows of the classroom from exterior the constructing and smashed the glass.
The college students lined up and their teacher helped every one exit the constructing by way of the window.
“After the last kid, I turned around to ensure everyone was out,” the teacher informed NBC. “I knew I had to go quickly, but I wasn’t leaving until I knew for sure.”
Later in the day, dad and mom of her college students texted her: “Thank you for keeping my baby safe.”
“But it’s not just their baby,” the teacher mentioned, sobbing, to a NBC reporter on her entrance porch. “That’s my baby, too. They are not my students. They are my children.”