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HARTFORD, Conn. – This is the kind of teacher you want for your kids — the kind that is willing to put her own life on the line to protect them.

Students at a high school in Hartford Connecticut feared for their lives when their school suddenly went on lock down.

A student posted a message on an app, saying they had a gun and was going to shoot up the school.

SWAT teams descended on the campus, and teacher turned off the lights and locked the doors.

Sophomore Camani Bell was in biology class during the lock down. She said her teacher, Paula Butterfield, reassured her students everything would be okay.

“I thought we were going to die,” Bell tearfully told WTIC. “But she’s like, ‘No. I have you guys. I will protect you. Just stay calm and stay put.'”

Bell started recording video on her phone, determined to catch the shooter on video if he were to break in. On the video, you see Ms. Butterfield standing at the door clutching a yardstick, ready to swing with all her strength if someone came through the door.

Thankfully, the lock down was lifted, and no one was hurt.

When Bell’s mother, Shamikia Pitts, saw the video, she was touched by the teacher’s bravery.

“I want to thank her, thank her so much because anything could have happened,” said Pitts. “She did her job.”