Mexico: Teacher Honored for Protecting Students During Gun Fight (Video)

The video is startling. As shots are heard firing just outside of a Kindergarten class in Mexico - a teacher takes action. (Video Below)

The government has honored a kindergarten teacher in northern Mexico who became an Internet hit after a video showed her calmly leading children through a duck-and-cover drill as gunfire rattled outside their school.

The government of the northern state of Nuevo Leon presented teacher Martha Rivera Alanis with a framed certificate for displaying "outstanding civic courage" during Friday's gunfight.

A video on the YouTube website shows Rivera coaxing the 15 children to lie flat on the floor, and leading them in a song popularized by the children's show "Barney & Friends" as hails of gunfire ring out

The video was taken by Rivera on her cellphone.

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Paramedics said gunmen killed five people at a taxi stand near the school Friday.

Rodrigo Medina, the governor of Nuevo Leon, handed Rivera her certificate. The teacher did admit that she was afraid but it was necessary to protect her 5 and 6 year olds.

"Of course I was scared, but like I've said, my kids pushed me through it all," the 33 year old professor and mother of two kids said.

Rivera posted the cell phone video on her Twitter and someone took it from her page and posted it on Youtube.

As for the prospect of more violence, Rivera is sending a message to all of Mexico.

"I am thankful for all of your comments and well...we have to keep moving forward; of course we can, if my five and six year olds can, we all can," she said.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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