31 May '11, 12am

Mexico rewards kindergarten teacher who sang to calm students as a shootout went on outside

Mexico rewards kindergarten teacher who sang to calm students as a shootout went on outside

School teacher Martha Ivette Rivera Alanis smiles after receiving a recognition from the Governor of the state of Nuevo Leon Rodrigo Medina at the Government Palace in Monterrey. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MONTERREY (Mexico) - MEXICAN authorities on Monday rewarded a kindergarten teacher who kept a group of children calm by singing to them as shots were fired outside, after her video of the incident became an Internet hit. The pictures showed Martha Ivette Rivera Alanis leading the five- and six-year-olds in song as they lay on the floor at the Alfonso Reyes kindergarten, in northern Nuevo Leon state on Friday, while bullets rang out in the background. Police said gunmen had shot dead five people at a taxi stand near the school on Friday. Nuevo Leon state governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz recognised the teacher's 'valour, devotion and courage to confront a risky situation' and han...

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