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Teacher keeps kindergarten kids calm during gun fight

May 31, 2011 - 7:16pm


A kindergarten teacher's decision to get her young wards to sing a song from popular children's show Barney and Friends last Friday may have helped save their lives as gunfire erupted outside their school.

A certificate presented by the governor of the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon on Monday said teacher Martha Rivera Alanis showed "outstanding civic courage" in her steady performance during the Friday gunfight in the northern industrial hub of Monterrey.

Ms Rivera Alanis herself used her cell phone to tape the video, in which she is heard coaxing the 15 children to lie flat on the floor, reported AP.

"No, my love, nothing is going to happen, just put your little face on the floor," the teacher is heard telling one worried little girl.

Then, loud bursts of gunfire break out on the video, what local paramedics later confirmed was the sound of gunmen killing five people at a taxi stand about a block from the school.

More in The New Paper on Wednesday (June 1).

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