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Latino Daily News

Tuesday May 31, 2011

Kindergarden Teacher Honored in Mexico

Kindergarden Teacher Honored in Mexico

Photo: Hero Teacher Martha Ivette Rivera

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Martha Ivette Rivera was honored on Monday following her display of courage and cool headedness Friday.

A cell-phone video posted on YouTube Friday afternoon, shows a classroom full of children whose teacher urges them to press their heads against the floor as, not far from the institution and perfectly audible in the video, thugs sprayed AK47 bullets, killing five people at a taxi stand about a block from the school.

The video doesn’t show Martha Ivette, but rather the effect her soothing words have on the children, who calmly obey her duck and cover instructions.

“No, my love, nothing is going to happen, just put your little face on the floor,” Rivera Alanis is heard telling a little girl.

The governor of Nuevo Leon, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, presented Martha Ivette with a certificate of “outstanding civic courage” for her composed attitude during the incident Friday.

Rivera said she wasn’t concerned with fame, but only for the safety of her 5- and 6-year-old students.

“Of course, I was afraid, but I tell you, it was my kids who got me through it,” Rivera said.

The 33 year old teacher said she posted the video to her Twitter account, and a friend posted it on YouTube.

“I’ve been asked a lot why I shot the video,” she said on a press conference outside the governor’s office “I am in charge of the security [program at the school], and my superiors always ask me to keep evidence, of the work we do at all times, so I wanted to keep a record of how we work, [under safety risks]” she explained.

“I am proud of my México, my Nuevo León, but specially, I am proud of my children”