Acts of Kindness
Teacher’s in Zoom class with teens when intruder breaks into their home
Ms. Petersen noticed panic in her students' faces at the end of a Zoom class. When they began yelling for help, she acted swiftly to save them.
Rozzette Cabrera
12.21.21

With the pandemic, tons of things changed and everyone was forced to adjust. Even children had to experience distance learning to keep themselves safe.

Just to be extra sure about her students’ safety, a California teacher waited until all of her students logged off before she did.

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When she noticed that two of her teenage students didn’t sign off right away, she realized something was wrong. Their faces went from concern to panic.

Then, her students started calling out for her.

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An intruder had broken into their home.

That’s when Jennifer Petersen decided to take action. She quickly dialed 911 and called for people who could rescue the poor kids.

In an interview with CBS 13, Reyna Luna, the mother of the kids shared:

“They said that a guy opened the window and went inside the house.”

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Her story mirrored what the scanner audio described:

“He came through the front side window. They saw him running through the house. He said he didn’t want to steal or break anything and he ran out the back door and hopped out the back fence.”

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Teacher Jennifer didn’t leave the students.

Even though she was miles away and she was only able to see the teens through her computer, she made sure they didn’t feel alone. She was panicking inside but she stayed online.

When Reyna saw the police surrounding her property, she panicked too.

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She was out for a moment. When she realized what was happening, she quickly rushed to help her kids. The mother felt a sense of relief after seeing that they were safe.

She considers Jennifer a hero.

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However, for the teacher, it was a natural instinct as a parent. For her, any teacher would have done the same thing.

As seen in a video the mom took with her phone, police were able to arrest the man.

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People on the internet are praising the teacher for her actions as well.

One YouTube user said:

“That’s an excellent idea from that teacher that she never signed off the computer until all her students have signed off. An excellent policy. I commend her very much for doing this as past teacher. Under different circumstances. I think it’s excellent idea for all teachers to do that.”

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Another one wrote:

“EXCELLENT TEACHER!…WATCHING THE CHILDREN…KNOWING Their faces and expressions…MAKING SURE THEY ARE SAFE!! Not logging out before knowing each student is Safe. Just like when you drop someone off at home…you watch them and make sure they get into their home safely with the door shut behind them. Bravo!!”

There was also this person who commented:

“Amazing job to the teacher!!!! She did so good reading their faces and reacted on her motherly instinct. I hope those kids r doing well. U never know how to react in those fast moments. 💗”

Teachers are heroes and this story just proves that point even more.

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By Rozzette Cabrera
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Rozzette Cabrera is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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