Texas: The teacher tried to keep the class quiet during the school mass shooting

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The teacher said her class knew the incident was not an exercise (Image: AP/Getty)

A teacher at Robb Elementary School in Texas has described the terrifying 35 minutes she spent huddled on the floor with her class when a gunman opened fire down the corridor.

At least 19 children, the youngest of whom was just eight years old, and two teachers were killed when a gunman broke into the school in Uvalde on Tuesday.

The massacre is America’s deadliest shooting since the Sandy Hook mass shooting in 2012 and the 212th this year.

The teacher, whose name was not released, said she was watching a Disney film with her class when she heard gunshots in the hallway.

She said she knew immediately what the terrifying noise was and shouted at her class to take cover under their desks while she sprinted to lock the door.

The teacher said because schoolchildren regularly do “active marksman drills” similar to fire alarm drills, the youngsters know exactly what to do.

“You’ve been practicing for this day for years,” the teacher told NBC.

“They knew this wasn’t an exercise. We knew we had to be quiet or we would give ourselves away.”

UVALDE, TEXAS - MAY 24: Police officers speak outside of Robb Elementary School following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. 19 students and 2 adults were reportedly killed, with the gunman fatally shot by police. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Filming took place on Tuesday morning as the children prepared for the end of the school year (Picture: Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

UVALDE, TX - MAY 24: People mourn outside the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center where the community has gathered following a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. 19 students and 2 adults were reportedly killed before the gunman was fatally shot by police. (Photo by Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)

Tuesday’s massacre has rocked Uvalde and sparked renewed calls for gun reform (Image: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images)

The teacher said that as her class huddled under their desks, she sat on the floor in the middle of the room.

She said what followed was the “longest 35 minutes of my life.”

The teacher said it was incredibly hard to focus on keeping everyone calm and still while they could hear the gunman’s attack.

She said she brought children who started crying to her so she could comfort them.

Police officers eventually got into the classroom by smashing one of the room’s windows.

A couple prepare to place flowers on crosses bearing the names of children who were killed Thursday, May 26, 2022 in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Law enforcement faced questions and criticism Thursday about how much time passed before they stormed the Texas elementary school classroom and ended a gunman's rampage that killed 19 children and two teachers. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

The teacher said she was trying desperately to keep her class calm during the attack (Image: AP)

The teacher said she asked her students to line up before helping each of them out the broken window.

“After the last kid, I turned to make sure everyone was out,” the teacher told NBC.

“I knew I had to go fast, but I wouldn’t go until I knew for sure.”

She said after the class was all safely removed from the school, she met with them at a center across town, where she tried to comfort those who were worried about their friends and family.

“Our children don’t deserve this,” she said.

“You were loved. Not just from their families, but from their family at school.”

Officials have named the gunman responsible for Tuesday’s tragedy as Salvador Ramos, 18.

The teenager entered the school armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and holed himself up in a classroom before being shot dead by a border guard.

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