Linda S. Robb rescued Daniel Kemats and others from assault, Lisbon, Ohio, March 23, 2000. Kemats, 24, and about 20 sixth-grade students were in a classroom on the second floor of an elementary school when one of the students, a 12-year-old boy, produced a loaded, nine-millimeter handgun and demanded that everyone lie on the floor. The assailant repeated his demand, and Kemats and the other students complied. Ms. Robb, 51, teacher, was in her classroom across the hall when she was alerted to the situation by the student who had observed it from the hall. Leaving her room to investigate, Ms. Robb stood in the doorway to Kemats’s classroom, where she saw the assailant on the far side of the room with the gun, which was pointed at the ceiling. Ms. Robb spoke calmly to the assailant for a few minutes, then asked him to join her in the hall. Carrying the gun, the assailant approached her, and when he reached her, she hugged him, then disarmed him. They went into the hall, where the assailant reached into his pocket for an extra magazine, which he surrendered to Ms. Robb. The student was taken to the school office, then was apprehended shortly by arriving police.
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