Two fourth grade co-teachers helped their college students to security after bullets rained via their classroom.
UVALDE, Texas — On Tuesday morning, with two days left till the tip of the year, fourth grade Robb Elementary instructor Nicole Ogburn was tending to her college students in Room 102 when she heard loud bangs exterior.
“I just stood up and looked out my window that was right here close by, and I was like, ‘There’s a guy with a gun. Oh my God, get down!'”
At that time, she jumped into motion, transferring shortly to verify each youngster was mendacity on the bottom. According to timeline supplied by authorities, it is believed the 18-year-old shooter was on the scene for an hour earlier than he was killed by a Border Patrol agent.
“I just heard gunfire,” she mentioned. “I heard it and I kept hearing it, then it would stop for a minute. Then it would go back on, then all of a sudden it stopped.”
Ogburn, herself a Uvalde native, supplied a firsthand account of the tense moments when the gunman arrived on the college and fired pictures into her classroom earlier than coming into the constructing. He would finally kill 19 college students and two teachers, simply three doorways down from the place Ogburn and her class was.
No one in her room was damage.
When legislation enforcement got here to the shattered window, Ogburn says, youngsters began leaping out earlier than operating to a close-by funeral house to security. Meanwhile, Ogburn instantly started calling dad and mom to allow them to know their youngsters have been secure.
She mentioned the chaos of the state of affairs made it really feel “like an eternity,” however believes legislation enforcement “did what they needed to do.”
“I want the blame to stop,” she instructed KENS 5 on Friday afternoon. “The only person here to blame is that person who came into my school and hurt my friends and the students who I saw every day and I loved.”
Local households are calling her a hero for doing all she might to forestall that damage from reaching their family members. Ogburn says she solely did was she was anticipated to do in an unimaginable state of affairs.
“I’m not a hero,” she mentioned. “I was their teacher and I loved them very, very much. I will continue to love on them as much as they need.”
Tony Pineda’s daughter, Trish, is Ogburn’s co-teacher. He says Trish noticed the shooter go previous their classroom.
“She texted her husband and told him, ‘There’s a shooter. We need help. I love you,'” Pineda recounted.
He says Trish helped the primary group of college students out the window whereas her husband, a Border Patrol agent, was on the opposite facet. He was getting a haircut when he obtained phrase of the shooting.
“Her knees were all scraped up trying to get out of there,” Pineda mentioned of his daughter’s escape.
The father mentioned it has been onerous for his household to eat and sleep understanding so many individuals they knew are now not with them.
“She said, ‘My best friend died,'” Pineda mentioned. “Then later she said, ‘My other best friend died.’ You can’t recuperate from everything overnight, or even (over) years. It’s a lifetime. I just hope my grandkids get over it and live their lives.”
He went on to say Trish has thought of the chance of leaving the occupation “if they don’t have the protection.”