An elementary school teacher who survived the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, last Tuesday recounted the prayers she said as she saw the gunman approaching her school.
“I just kept hearing shots fired,” teacher Nicole Ogburn told CNN.
The teacher, who became noticeably emotional as she spoke, said she prayed the gunman wouldn’t enter her classroom.
“And I just kept praying, ‘God, please don’t let him come in my room, please don’t let him come in this room,'” Ogburn said. “And for some reason, he didn’t.”
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The grieving teacher has spoken about her experience in additional interviews, explaining how she told her students to hit the ground just seconds before bullets came through her classroom windows.
“I just kept hearing boom, boom, boom. … It just kept going off, and it felt like an eternity,” she said. “I had one student laying on top of me, and I had a bunch of other students right over here by me, and we were all holding hands.”
Ogburn also asked God to keep her and her 15 students safe as the unimaginable situation developed.
“I had one student laying on top of me…I just remember praying: ‘Please God, please God, keep us safe.’” A teacher from Uvalde shares her experience from the elementary school shooting last week with @BreakingChesky. pic.twitter.com/c2wrPMCYXO— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 30, 2022
She said she is “haunted” by the image of the gunman approaching the school but that she refuses to be gripped by fear in the aftermath of horror.
“I can close my eyes and I see that image of him and that gun walking up to my school, and it haunts me,” she said. “But at the same time, I’ve told myself I will not live in fear. I want to do that and teach my own children that. You can’t live in fear.”
Pray for Ogburn and the students grappling with these tragic memories and experiences.
As Faithwire previously reported, the community response to the Uvalde shooting has been a ray of light amid oppressive darkness, as people have come together to help those grieving and in need.
Teacher Irma Garcia, 46, was among the 19 children and two educators slain in the deadly assault. Two days later, her husband, Joe Garcia, 50, died from what family members believe was a broken heart.
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