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December 15, 2012

VIDEO: How Did It Happen?

Routine morning, then shots and unthinkable terror

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Newtown, Conn. —

"Mary felt like she was doing God's work, working with children," her son-in-law Eric Schwartz told the South Jersey Times. She, too, was killed.

In a classroom, teacher Kaitlin Roig heard the shots and barricaded her 15 students into a tiny bathroom, sitting one of them on top of the toilet. She pulled a bookshelf across the door and locked it. She told the kids to be "absolutely quiet."

"I said, 'There are bad guys out there now. We need to wait for the good guys,'" she told ABC News.

"The kids were being so good," she said. "They asked, 'Can we go see if anyone is out there?' 'I just want Christmas. I don't want to die. I just want to have Christmas.' I said, 'You're going to have Christmas and Hanukkah.'"

One student claimed to know karate. "It's OK. I'll lead the way out," the student said.

In the school library, clerk Maryann Jacob was working with a group of 18 fourth-graders when she heard the commotion.

"We locked all our doors and then started hearing shooting," she said.

At first, she herded the children into a classroom within the library, but "when we realized the (classroom) door wouldn't lock, we had to crawl across the room into a storage room."

There, they locked the door and barricaded it with filing cabinet. There happened to be materials for coloring, "so we set them up with paper and crayons."

In the gym, crying students huddled in a corner. One of them was 10-year-old Philip Makris.

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

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