1st grade teacher at Sandy Hook refuses to unlock the door
After yesterday’s tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, stories of valor are beginning to emerge. One story that I feel is indicative of the bravery exhibited that day is through the sheer boldness and selflessness demonstrated by 1st grade teacher, Kaitlin Roig. This week I am dedicating my praise of the week to the teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary.
Here is an interview Kaitlin did with ABC News World Anchor Diane Sawyer:
Roig said the day had started like every other day. She had greeted her 14 kids and had begun her class. Her instructions were interrupted by loud gunfire. She described it as rapid fire, as if from an assault rifle. When the shooting began she immediately ushered her classroom into the small class bathroom. She pushed a wheel storage cart in front of the door. She told the kids to be quiet.
Roig tried to compose herself as best as she could. With her classroom the closest to the door, she knew there would be a great chance that the shooter would enter her classroom. As the wait continued she would calm the children as best as she could. One student bravely said he knew karate and would safely get them out of there. Another said she didn’t want to die. She wanted to have Christmas. Roig, heartbroken over these innocent comments, prayed for their survival.
When the police officers finally arrived to her classroom, the teacher refused to open the door. She told them to show her their badges. After sliding their badges under the door she still wasn’t sure. She told them that if they were in fact the police they could easily get the janitorial key and open the door. After a few minutes they did just that. Kaitlin Roig’s bravery as well as the heroism shown by other teacher unequivocally saved many more lives.
Teachers get the short stick many times. But when pushed comes to shove many of them really do care for their classroom.
Thank you Kaitlin Roig for your selflessness.
Thank you to all the other teachers who bravery sheltered their students.
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