At least 27 people, 18 of them children, were shot and killed Friday at a Connecticut elementary school, according to reports. As the tragic story continues to develop, the heroism of teachers on the scene is already recognized.

“They will be applauded for their efforts,” an ABC newscaster said during the station’s live video report Friday afternoon, citing conversations with sources.

Harrowing images recorded outside Sandy Hook Elementary School show children exiting the building in single-file lines, guided by their teachers.

“There was no screaming, which indicates just how carefully these teachers carried this out this afternoon, “ said the ABC narrator.

The staff performed well under the circumstances, he said. Officials identified the gunman, who took his own life, as Ryan Lanza, 20, according to CNN.

Brenda Lebinski, the mother of an eight-year-old student, told Newtown Patch that her daughter is safe due to one teacher’s decision to move her kids out of harm’s way when Lanza entered the school.

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

The school district sent emails and text message to parents, who arrived hoping to find their children safe.

“We’re happy that we’re all alive,” said a boy in the ABC video.

Article Courtesy of The Huffington Post

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