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Former Barbieri Teacher Ushered Students to Safety In Newtown, CT

A Sandy Hook Elementary School Teacher, with strong ties to Framingham, ushered fourth graders into a storage closet and then to safety Friday in Newtown, CT.

Last year, Jaclyn Lloyd was working at Barbieri Elementary School in Framingham, as a physical education teacher.

Last Friday, Lloyd was one of dozens of teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School who hid and saved students from a gunman who has broken into their school in Newtown, CT.

Even in the gym, the loudest room in any school on a given day, something sounded very wrong, according to students.

“Really loud bangs,” said Brendan Murray, 9, who was there with his fourth-grade class. “We thought that someone was knocking something over. And we heard yelling and we heard gunshots. We heard lots of gunshots.”

“We heard someone say, “ ‘Put your hands up!’ ” Brendan told the New York Times. “I heard, ‘Don’t shoot!’ We had to go into the closet in the gym.”

In Lloyd's gym class, student Elise Beier and her fourth-grade classmates huddle briefly in a corner, before teachers usher them into a hiding place: a storage closet, reported Newsday.

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Once huddled in a corner, some of the fourth-graders  began to cry. One of them was 10-year-old Philip Makris, reported NBC Connecticut.

"He said he heard a lot of loud noises and then screaming," said his mother, Melissa Makris to NBC Connecticut. "Then the gym teachers immediately gathered the children in a corner and kept them safe."

Another girl who was in the gym recalled hearing "like, seven loud booms."

"The gym teacher told us to go in a corner, so we all huddled and I kept hearing these booming noises," the girl, who was not identified by name, told NBC News. "We all started—well, we didn't scream; we started crying, so all the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us."

Lloyd escaped physically unharmed from the event Friday.

"She is safe and has been in communication with our school staff," said Barbieri Elementary co-PTO president and school employee Cristina Sandza-Donovan.

"We are grateful for this blessing," said Framingham Superintendent of School Stacy Scott in an email to staff.

Donovan sent out an email to the school community Saturday letting them know Lloyd was safe. Scott sent out an email to Framingham Public school staff Sunday doing the same.

Lloyd, who grew up here in MetroWest, has strong ties to Framingham.

Not only did she teach at Barbieri, she and her family have ties to two Framingham eateries.

Jackie's dad Richard Lloyd owns where Jackie once waitressed. And Jackie's sister Jennifer Madden, her husband, their dad, and Jackie are the owner's of O'Connell's Pub, named after Jackie's late grandmother Margaret O'Connell.

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marie December 18, 2012 at 01:24 AM
they keep talking about this one teacher who hid with her students which is great but not one even says anything about the teacher VICKY who not only hid her kids students i call them her kids as she put their lives before hers like the bible say she died for her kids just like JESUS did for us . but i havent heard a thing about how great she was as she is now gone because she thought of the kids not herself .blessed is the man who would lay down his own life for a friend . she lived up to that one ,know she should be spoken off she was the hero not the other teacher sorry but this teacher should be spoken off greatly she was only 27 and died for others i would love to of had her for any one of my kids or grandkids she will be greatly missed and i dont even know her ...
marie December 18, 2012 at 01:34 AM
no one ever talks about this teacher VICKY SOTO even in church her name wasnt spoken of this is very sad ..all of This never should have ever happened but did i pray for all the parents that lost their loved oneS even the teachers etc that died they are someone child also .
Pamela December 18, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Marie, All I have seen in all the news articles has heavily mentioned Victoria "Vicky" Soto.
Susan Petroni December 18, 2012 at 02:48 AM
As this Patch site is based in Framingham, Massachusetts, this article focused on the teacher with ties to our community. Agreed, there were other teachers last Friday who did heroic acts.
harmeen December 18, 2012 at 04:47 PM
steve burke n white when people are blind there is no need to say that u can't see, thats what u guys are can't accept reality hahahahhahaha plz more comments heroism enthusiasm etc etc no justice n no humanity carry on guys heroism :D

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