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The Bravery Of One Teacher Goes Viral

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Well, the video of the bravery goes viral, but we're sure after watching it that the bravery itself will start to too!

Watch the video above and see how a teacher in Monterrey, Mexico, is able to keep her 15 young students calm and safe during a violent and deadly drug shootout happening about a block away. She used singing and a soothing voice to keep them unharmed on the ground, while the incident left 5 people dead outside.

For those of you thinking, "Why did she film this?" her answer has been that she wants to show the world what they have to deal with there. And we're definitely inclined to believe that more than we would that she's trying to earn anything from the fear of those kids:

The incident has highlighted the effect of Mexico's bloody drug war on children, whom experts say are likely to experience trauma from the constant fear of violence. More than 35,000 people have died since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels in 2006. In Monterrey, the Gulf and Zeta cartels fight over turf and their drug smuggling routes into the United States, as the Los Angeles Times reports. Though one of the country's richest cities and once thought to be among its safest, Monterrey has been caught in a "spiral of violence" spurred by the drug wars, the BBC reported.

What this teacher has done for her kids is nothing short of inspirational, and heroic. Her quick thinking, and calm demeanor definitely helped those kids remain safe!

Those kids and their parents are no doubt so thankful, Martha Rivera Alanis! Amazing job!

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45 comments to “The Bravery Of One Teacher Goes Viral”

  1. 1

    I live in Monterrey, and this is just another face of what we live every single day, there is the face of the dead ones, and the other, this one, the ones that we need to handle this.

  2. 2

    She's not brave. She's extremely stupid.
    The last thing you want to do when you hear shooting outside of a classroom is to continue making so much noise to attrack the lunatics at your direction.
    She would have no idea at that stage how far or close the shooter is or what is his motive.
    He could have been on a shooting spree in the school.
    So instead of keeping everything quiet, she makes the loudest noise and putting life at risk.

  3. 3

    Re: galleon10 – You Really dont even KNOOOOOOOOOW, what is this every day, u cant go to visit ur friends in any time of the day anywhere IN THE CITY, not even far away, because a GRENADE can HIT U (yes a GRENADE) and DONT even think we are kind of a messy city, its one of the richest city of latinamerica, so the stupid here, its u.

  4. 4

    Re: galleon10 – You weren't there, you can't jump to that assumption.
    If she would've just told them to get down and shut up the kids would be having a fit, screaming and crying. She was using the songs as a mean to keep everything under control and keep kids calm. If they deal with these drug shootouts often, she knows what she is doing so you have no right to criticize her actions to try to protect the children.

  5. 5

    Re: galleon10 – If she isused to this, she knows their motive is drugs. I have a ton of friends from Monterrey read a news paper once in a while. Expand your horizon…

  6. buck says – reply to this


    Coming soon to a city near you America….keep the borders open and it will be here shortly!

  7. Kamui says – reply to this


    Re: galleon10 – LOL @ You, It's not Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers who is outside or any pshyco on a killing spree. It's a crossfire between drugdealers and police they have to keep on the ground so they not get hurt by a missing bullet. Besides It's a kindergarden and normally they all are pretty obvious from outside. The Teacher did the right thing by keeping them down and distractem so they get scared and traumatized.

  8. 8

    Re: galleon10 – she was doing what she thought was best . let's see how you'd react in a situation similar to that . little children don't respond well in stressful and scary situations so singing a song to calm them down was one of the few things she could do at the time .

  9. Kamui says – reply to this


    Correcting the last sentence of my previous post.

    The Teacher did the right thing by keeping them down and distract them so they DON'T get scared and traumatized.

  10. 10

    Sadly, shootings in Monterrey have become quite common, so for someone whose been in this situation is obvious that the shooting has a purpose e.g. to eliminate a rival cartel member. Eventhough violence is now an every day event, these people only attack their preselected targets.

    As the note said, the shooting happened at least a block away, the children were not in any inminent danger, however, the noise can be deafening, and specially scary for 5 year olds.

    This is not about wether she was brave or stupid, this is about how someone was quick enough to think of a way of keeping children calmed in an extraordinary situation.

  11. 11

    i totally agree: Coming soon to a city near you America….keep the borders open and it will be here shortly! This is what we have to look forward to …

  12. 12

    this is inspirational, its soo saddd that these kids have to hear that and be so close to horror like that, all for drug and money how evil is this world that we cant see were only hurting each other monsters are those drug dealers and gang members that put innocent children and people thru this!!

  13. 13

    Re: galleon10 – You're an idiot. The drug dealers don't want to intentionally go after children. They're having a gun battle outside among other drug dealers, but unfortunately many times innocent people die from the flying bullets. Haven't you heard of innocent bystanders dying from drive bys??? You don't know what you're talking about. She was being brave by keeping the kids calm and not having the kids go off crying and panicking.

    My heart goes out to the innocent children and families who have to deal with this day in and day out.

  14. 14

    Re: galleon10 – i couldnt agree more. as an educator, we are trained to keep children silent, as to not alert intruders of their presence. obviously, she needed to keep the kids calm, so she could have whispered something quietly to them, but she should have not been so loud or allowed them to talk. its also protocol to close the blinds. and ps- there is NOTHING soothing or calming about her voice.

  15. 15

    And to those of you smoking pot or snorting blow while it isn't legal, you're the reason those kids have to go thru that. Argue all you want. That's the fucking truth, period. So get out there and get it legalized or this will continue. Forever.

  16. 16

    Re: buck – what is wrong with you? seriously, read a book my god

  17. 17

    This is troubling. No teacher should marginalize to children that gunmen are outside and there is pending danger - just singing songs and laying on the ground for fun. That seems irresponsible. Do keep the kids from panicking but don't glaze over the fact that there is a reason why they are on the ground. It is NOT playtime when there are gunmen outside.

  18. 18

    I'm sure she's well paid for her job, maybe like a soccer player or a politician, like she (and other teachers in general) deserve(s)… :/

  19. buck says – reply to this


    Re: adg100 – or become a secure, self-assured person and stop using drugs completely. don't lay around wasting your life and indirectly costing the lives of thousands of others as well as millions of dollars on medical costs. That the fucking truth, period. Now get out there an straighten the drug addicts out.

  20. 20

    Now seriously.. how can drug dealers hear their small singing over the gunshots? Then go oh ya i hear the singing of children, lets go harm some kids.. that'll surely make the other gang give us the money they owe us for drugs!

    That's just not plausible. she's a great teacher.. here in nyc the teachers would probably just scream shut up repeatedly.

  21. 21

    Re: patcee – I guess you are also an idiot… She did everything the right way…

  22. 22

    I don't understand Spanish so I know I lost a lot in translation here, but what a wonderful woman. What horror for the children and her! Breaks my heart.

  23. buck says – reply to this


    Re: calisto – regarding?

  24. 24

    Re: dlstxmaleRe: buck – It's a little ignorant to believe that violence going on between the UPPER class would spill over. Those who do migrate to the US are usually the ones willing to work.

  25. buck says – reply to this


    Re: seemee – oh, ok…dispite all the facts of crime, prison population and gang affiliations i'm going to go with your clarification. Mexican citizens and politicians have done such a wonderful job with their country we should invite them all up here and let them duplicate their successes.

  26. rory! says – reply to this


    Fucking drugs.

  27. 27

    NOW THIS LADY IS A HERO!!!!!!!!!

  28. 28

    She did the right thing. Great quick thinking, I applaud her. Well done!

  29. 29

    Re: galleon10 – I'm pretty sure they deal with this REGULARLY, so they know it's drug-related, not school-related.

  30. 30

    Re: patcee – Are you an educator in America? That's a different story.

  31. 31

    Re: Tash20 – So she's supposed to say, "I know you're 6, but people are dying outside, YAYYYYY!!!"

  32. 32

    Re: Kasey19 – are you an educator? do you have a MA in education? please explain to me how you are qualified to state that she did everything correctly….ps-wikipedia doesnt count. judging by the fact you called me an idiot, im going to assume you aren't an educator, and probably arent educated. you are name calling on perez hilton, please re-evaluate your life.

  33. 33

    Re: hjstone3 – this is true. but i cant imagine how being so loud in such an event could be safe. either way, my heart goes out to those children and teachers for having to be subjected to this.

  34. 34

    Re: hjstone3 – true. but i cant imagine how being so loud could be safe for the children in such a situation. it's just common sense. either way, my heart goes out to these kids for having to be subjected to this.

  35. 35

    Re: patcee – actually she did the right thing, part of the song has the kids laying on their backs, head down, saying "ahhh." As you can see in the video, some of the children kept lifting their heads up, which she would repeatedly stress, put your heads down on the floor (in a clam manner).

    p.s. you don't need to be a teacher to be trained in dealing with life/death situations, you don't need to be an educator, or have an "MA in education." Sometimes you just learn by experience, which I admit, will assume, she has. Every person can be put through these situations, not just teachers, how someone reacts should not be judged on what was taught to be "correct" in teachers college.

  36. 36

    TO CLEAR IT UP - stop fighting about if she did or didn't do the right thing. Fact is, she IS an educator, trained with what to do in this scenario. She IS used to this everyday. So, I'm sure, with everything that was going on, she was thinking quickly and with the safety of her children in mind. ALSO - I am also an educator, I am an American teacher who is currently working IN MONTERREY. It is true that in the US we are told that no matter what, in a time of violence, there should be no noise made and try to not attract attention. However, in Mexico, the number 1 priority is to keep the kids calm. These drug lords are fighting WITH EACH OTHER! not with the kids. In fact, many of them have their kids in these schools. Believe it or not, they are going after eachother..not the people of the city (though, innocent people do get hurt when this happens in a public place/streets)

    This teacher did what she thought best

  37. 37


  38. 38

    She did the only thing she could do, and it was the right thing to do

  39. 39

    Re: Dukes101 – clearly. however, my remark was in response to a post in which i was retorting to another user's statement. you took my point completely out of context. you are entitled to your opinion, i make mine clearly based on my education and the laws implemented by the nation when faced with such a situation. you are correct in that it doesnt take an MA to know how to protect children, it usually is instinct. however, when it comes to the safety of our school's children, there are certain procedures that must be learned and followed through for a reason.

  40. 40

    Re: patcee – u obviously have not been in that situation, it's easy to give one's opinion on these kind of blogs where everyone feels the smartest person on the face of the earth, but u have to understand this ”atmosphere” . . . It's not the american case in which a crazy kid kills his classmates, if you see the reports you'll understand that there was not anything else she could do

  41. 41

    Re: buck – wow… are you serious?? dude, your the the most ignorant person ever. First of all the US is NOT mexico. This US government would never allow these things to happen. It's so out of control in mexico because of the unorganized government they unfortunetly have. The president is trying to do all he can to fight these drug cartels. For you to say it's going to spill to the US is completely ignorant. Our government would NEVER let that happen. Most of the people that "spill" here are here to WORK. So before opening you mouth please do alittle research sweetie…

  42. 42

    Re: galleon10 – You know what you'd be doing - running around, shitting your pants hoping they don't shoot in your direction. You're an idiot. Like they're going to follow the voices of kids singing. Duh.

  43. 43

    Im not sure how anyone can judge this brave woman, considering the scenario she is in. Perhaps in America educators are told to keep kids quiet, but this teacher isn't dealing with a pissed off teenager who thinks the world owes them something. If Americans would stop using all the drugs, the market would wane and perhaps these darling kids wouldn't have to be subjected to this sickening violence while trying to learn the alphabet. Smarten up America!!!!!

  44. 44

    Re: galleon10 – I agree, galleon you are so ignorant. You might try reading the news before judging the actions of a BRILLIANT teacher. I bet could bet my life that the last things those "lunatics" cared about was finding/purposely killing innocent children. They have bigger things to worry about.

  45. 45

    This video brought tears to my eyes. The fact that these kids have to go through this almost every day. This woman is so brave and level headed, I don't think I would have been able to keep my cool like this. I'm glad those children weren't panicking and she was able to keep them safe like this.