‘Hero teacher’ rushed students to bathroom to keep students safe

First grade teacher Kaitlyn Roig tells ABC she rushed 15 kids into a bathroom and barricaded the door to keep them safe after the shooting erupted.

“Suddenly, I heard rapid fire… like an assault weapon. I knew something was wrong,” Roig, 29, told “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer Friday.

“It was horrific,” she said. “I didn’t think we were going to live.”

“I put one of my students on top of the toilet. I just knew we had to get in there. I just kept telling them ‘It’s going be OK, you’re gonna be all right. I had pulled a bookshelf over before I closed the door so we were completely barricaded in.”

“I told them you’ll have to be quiet, you’ll have to be absolutely quiet. I was just so afraid that if he did come in then he would hear us and then he would just start shooting the door, so I just said we have absolutely quiet, there are bad guys out there now and we have to wait for the good guys to come,” she said through tears. “I just wanted us to be OK, and I was so, so saddened that there were in this situation who were not OK.”

Tom Cleary