Teacher Protects Students with Yardstick During Shooting Threat

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HARTFORD, Connecticut -- A teacher in Connecticut is armed with a yard stick and believe us, she's not afraid to use it!

It was a chaotic scene outside A.I. Prince Technical High School in Hartford Thursday morning as SWAT teams responded to a shooting threat. Inside the building, students and teachers were experiencing a different kind of chaos and fear as the school was in lockdown.

Sophomore Camani Bell took a short video on her phone while she was hiding in the corner of her classroom. It captured her biology teacher, Ms. Paula Butterfield, guarding the door while holding a yardstick.

“I thought we were going to die, but she’s like, ‘No. I have you guys. I will protect you. Just stay calm and stay put,’” said Bell.

After the lockdown was lifted and police detained the student who made the threat, Bell came home and showed her mom the video.

“I had to share it. When you see good, you want to make sure that good is known," Bell’s mother Shamikia Pitts said. “I want to thank her, thank her so much because anything could have happened. She did her job.”