It was one of her most difficult days as a teacher, and yet Katelyn Raber managed to find some light.
On Tuesday, a 17-year-old student in Florida died by suicide when he shot himself during a routine fire drill outside of Lake Minneola High School, where Raber is a teacher. A post she wrote about what happened in the moments after the gun went off is reminding people of the power of togetherness amid tragedy, and resonating with parents far beyond her Florida city of Minneola, about a half hour from Orlando.
"The news won't tell you that those who were first on the scene were not paramedics, but teachers," she wrote on Facebook. "Teachers praying, teachers begging him to just keep breathing. Teachers taking the shirt off their back to try to stop the bleeding."
"The news won't tell you that within minutes, every single student was in a teacher's classroom and kept safe," she continued.
Raber told TODAY she shared her experience because it's important to focus on love and strength in times of tragedy: "I'm not the story," she said. "It's the amazing school I work for, and all of us who came together."