On Friday, December 14, 2012, a gunman forcibly entered Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, killing 27 people. 20 of those victims were children. Keep the victims and families affected by this terrible tragedy in your prayers, may God embrace the souls lost that fateful day.


Even more children would have been lost to one madman's actions if it weren't for a heroc music teacher's quick thinking. Brenda Lebinski is the mother of one of the elementary students who survived the tragedy. She told the Newtown Patch that her daughter is safe due to her teacher's heroism.


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"My daughter's teacher is my hero," Lebinski told Patch. "She locked all the kids in a closet and that saved their lives."


Maryrose Kristopik, a music teacher at the elementary school, saved a classroom full of children from being shot by the gunman. She ushered her students into a closet and made them stay, even while the shooter was yelling to be let in the door. Large musical instruments were stacked against the closet door and she held the door shut, keeping the children safe.


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“We stayed quiet, we held hands, we hugged," Kristopik told the New York Daily News. "I tried to talk to them calmly."


The group in the closet even prayed, both for their own safety and for the safety of others. Although Maryrose claims she did what any other teacher would have done, the nation knows that she is a hero.