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Quick-thinking teacher helps save lives during Aztec shooting

KOB.com Web Staff
December 08, 2017 10:38 PM

AZTEC, N.M. -- Katy Potter has more than 40 years of experience working in Aztec schools. For the past couple of years, she's worked as a beloved substitute.

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She was filling in for a computer lab teacher on Thursday, teaching a class of 17 students. They had just started when Porter said she heard the first shots rang out.

"I looked out into the hall and I saw the custodian there looking frantic, and yelling 'Who are you?' And then I knew. I absolutely knew what was going on," Potter told NBC News.

Because she was just a substitute, she didn't have a key. Potter thought fast and took the kids into a teacher's break room.

"We were packed in there like sardines they were literally laying like this next to each other," she said.

They barricaded the door with a couch right before the shooter walked in.

"I heard him come into our room and he's standing right next to our door, right next to our door," Potter said.

The shooter opened fire, hitting the walls but luckily not hitting any students.

"We're blessed the good Lord was watching," San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen said. "There were angles over those kids and that teacher."

MORE: Stories of heroism emerge from Aztec tragedy

Potter said she plans to go back to work at the high school as soon as it reopens.

"Oh, I love those kids," she said. "I mean, actually education and those students have pretty much have been my life."

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