In the thick of it: The teacher who saved several lives

Published: December 18, 2014
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The teacher termed the militant attack the worst, most brutal and inhumane act which has left hundreds of people emotionally and mentally scarred. PHOTO: ONLINE

The teacher termed the militant attack the worst, most brutal and inhumane act which has left hundreds of people emotionally and mentally scarred. PHOTO: ONLINE

PESHAWAR: 

Shabana Shahid is unable to control her tears as she recalls the harrowing images she saw during the Taliban’s siege of Army Public School (APS). The horrific memories are permanently etched in her mind.

“I saw schoolchildren with bullet injuries calling out for help in agony,” recalled Shabana as she spoke to The Express Tribune outside the ill-fated school.

According to Shabana, who has been teaching at APS for the past several years, she was teaching a Math lesson to grade six when the militants entered the building and opened fire.

“As soon as I heard firing and cries from outside, I told my students to lie down on the ground and be very still,” said Shabana, adding she closed the classroom door and switched the lights off.

They remained hidden from sight for more than two hours before they could be rescued. Shabana said the armed forces reached the classroom and evacuated them while cordoning off the area where the militants were holding other teachers and students hostage.

“We could hear firing and cries throughout our stay in that room,” she said.  The teacher termed the militant attack the worst, most brutal and inhumane act which has left hundreds of people emotionally and mentally scarred.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2014.

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  • Arsalaan Haleem
    Dec 18, 2014 - 10:38AM

    It is about time that our teachers & students should be taught survival techniques, given that we are living in the worst period of our lives.

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  • Shafaq
    Dec 18, 2014 - 10:48AM

    We SALUTE you MADAM. You are our true soldier and hero.

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  • Dec 18, 2014 - 11:06AM

    Allah Almighty has guided you into doing the right thing that you did. You are truly a brave and focussed lady. Those two hours must have been like two hundred years.
    If a human being could, then he/she would save all the innocent children being massacred in the world today. Salams

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  • Hang Taliban
    Dec 18, 2014 - 11:25AM

    We salute every kid either martyred,injured or just listening the cries of other brothers,sisters and street fellows there. That would must be very tough decision for u madam. May ALLAH gives u power to get strong after this.

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  • HumanBeing
    Dec 18, 2014 - 11:30AM

    Pakistani teachers have the job of moulding the future of Pakistan. No wonder they are willing to and have given their lives for the future generations. Their job is as important as the army’s.

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  • Jazz
    Dec 18, 2014 - 11:35AM

    She deserved to be awarded the highest medal

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  • anon
    Dec 18, 2014 - 11:35AM

    @Arsalaan Haleem:
    Survival techniques when you have a gun pointing at you? Could you please kindly explain how and the let the whole country learn from you.

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  • raider
    Dec 18, 2014 - 11:55AM

    teacher are for life if they save life they are hero like lady teacher in peshwar, great mother great teacher

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  • Mirza Rashid
    Dec 18, 2014 - 12:06PM

    Absolutely heroic, her presence of mind saved a lot of lives. I salute you madam, you are a true hero.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 18, 2014 - 12:36PM

    we want revenge of every single drop of blood of our children this is the voice of nation
    revenge revenge revenge revenge

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 18, 2014 - 12:37PM

    we want revenge of every single drop of blood of our children this is the voice of nation

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  • Fawad Gilani
    Dec 18, 2014 - 2:07PM

    Please Mr. Imran Khan. Spend some time in Peshawar and not London to help KPK rebuild from this tragedy.

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  • Viking Star
    Dec 18, 2014 - 4:00PM

    @anon: Looks like you are not grown up. What if some terrorists enter your house, would you stay still like a statue or do “something” to protect yourself? I am sure even if you are 100 % sure you would be killed, you would CERTAINLY think about “how” you could save yourself.
    Arsalaan is only trying to explain this.
    Do you understand now?

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  • Aamna H. Fasihi
    Dec 18, 2014 - 10:31PM

    @Fawad Gilani:
    He is Pakistan Khan. He is still among his people. Who told you he went to London?

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  • Aamna H. Fasihi
    Dec 18, 2014 - 10:32PM

    Presence of mind!

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