Library aide put students in storage closet during shootingPosted: Updated:
As details emerge from Friday's horrific shooting, Eyewitness News has learned more about what steps teachers and staff were taking inside a school in Newtown to protect the young students.
Talking to a throng of journalists from around the world, library aide Maryann Jacob recounted the terrifying moments inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School. She learned that gunman Adam Lanza shot and killed students and staff including 20 young children.
Police told Eyewitness News the suspect got inside by shooting out a large window next to the main entrance. Jacob said he walked past the main office, turned left, went by the first classroom, into the next two and started shooting.
With the school in lockdown, Jacob said the three other adults in the library with her locked the kids in a back storage closet.
"We knew the door was locked, so we thought we were safe, but then was like, 'what if he comes in and tries to shoot?'" she said. "So we thought it would protect the kids better."
Knowing that a shooter was in the building and the school was now in lockdown, Jacob said the adults found some paper and crayons to give to the kids, trying to keep them quiet.
The difficult part now is not letting them know what was happening on the other side of the school.
"They were asking, 'What's going on?' Jacob said. "We we're like, 'We don't know, our job is to stay quiet.'"
However, Jacob told reporters that she and the fellow adults knew what was going on, once they heard the intercom go off. She said they heard "some sort of scuffling and noises."
Jacob called down to the main office, thinking it was on by accident.
"I called the office because the intercom was on," she said. "And the woman in the office - can't believe she answered the phone - but she told me there had been a shooting."
They waited with the kids in the locked storage room until police pounded on the library door. She said at first they even asked to see a badge before opening up to be and evacuated.
Jacob told Eyewitness News she's been working as a library clerk at the school for a few years, had a child go there and even served as a PTA president at one time.
Living through the loss of 20 children and her co-workers, while seeing all the grief and sorrow in her hometown, now leaves her numb.
"I don't know how I'm feeling," Jacob said.
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