Video from a busy road outside the Covenant School showed students fleeing across traffic in search of safety as one eyewitness reported, “The teacher was a hero.”
Amid the chaos in Nashville, Tennessee Monday when a murderer took the lives of six victims, including three children, small decisions may have meant a big difference in averting even more tragedy. While officers rushed toward the sound of gunfire to subdue the threat, teachers did their part to protect the kids by guiding them from danger.
Jason Hoffman told WKRN he was driving down the road at the edge of the school’s property when he said the sound of gunfire led him to hunker down, “I think I heard at least maybe 10-15 shots.”
That decision left him in place to see as a woman he believed to be a teacher came out from the tree line with dozens of children in tow, waving for help.
“When I saw the kids coming out of the woods, it just really hit me,” he explained of the video he captured. Hoffman went on to state, “As soon as I jumped out of the car and stuck my arms out, people to the left and then in front of me were jumping out, ‘what’s going on?’ But they were concerned about the children and let’s get them across the street to safety.”
“We just heard gunshots right before that as these kids were coming out. I didn’t know if there were still gunshots. I didn’t know if people were gonna shoot at us or at the kids, so the other drivers just quickly helped usher them across the road to get to the other side to make sure they were safe,” he went on.
A parent himself, Hoffman told the outlet Tuesday how the tragedy had repeatedly made him cry and unequivocally declared, “The teacher was a hero. I was terrified for the rest of the kids that were inside and hoping and praying for the best for them.”
His wasn’t the only account of witnessing and helping the children reach safety across the road as actress Melissa Joan Hart described on Instagram how she and her husband were on their way to a parent conference at a different school when they saw what Hoffman had.
“We helped a class of kindergartners across a busy highway,” she described in an emotional video. “They were climbing out of the woods. They were trying to escape the shooter situation at their school.”
“So we helped all these tiny little kids cross the road and get their teachers over there, and we helped a mom reunite with her children,” the actress continued.
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“It’s very emotional and I see children that are going to remember this day for the rest of their lives and they’re going to be changed by this day forever,” Hoffman added.
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