Noblesville West teacher survives Las Vegas attack, school shooting

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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: Police and rescue personnel gather at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A gunman has opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, leaving at least 2 people dead. Police have confirmed that one suspect has been shot. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A central Indiana woman who survived last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas says her instinct to protect her students kicked in during a recent shooting at the middle school where she works.

The Herald reports that Shelly Alexander is a special education assistant at Noblesville West Middle School. A 13-year-old student opened fire at the school on May 25, wounding a student and a teacher.

Alexander says she first felt panic when she heard the commotion, thinking back to when she was caught in the line of fire in Las Vegas while in a taxi during the October shooting that killed 58 people.

Alexander says she turned her pain and worry into action during the school shooting, sheltering her students inside a locked classroom before ushering them to safety.

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