High school students help teacher during life-threatening emergency – KION546

By Justina Latimer

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WSMV) — A group of Williamson County students are honored after helping a teacher through a life-threatening emergency at Centennial High School.

“It all happened in seconds, but it took hours,” said JROTC student Immanuel Barr.

The students introduced themselves to a group of freshmen on the first day of school moments before it all happened.

“I was talking to the freshman to let him know what JROTC is. I was joking with them and was extra for them to like it, and I heard my instructor behind me say something” , explained student Ellen Grayson.

But when she turned around, the instructor was having a fit. His classmate Barr was standing nearby and eventually caught up to him before he put him to bed.

“It was surreal. Seeing our instructor’s eyes roll back and foam at the mouth. It changed me,” Barr said.

But the story did not end there. Grayson and Drew Osteen ran down the hall for help.

“I just remember pointing and going, okay, everyone, to the main hall of the gymnasium. Go on! Go on! Go on! I noticed Spencer King was the only one still on the phone calling 9-1-1. So I told him to stay here and don’t hang up until we tell you. If it wasn’t for him to call and stay on the line, it might have been a different story,” Osteen explained.

Today, the teacher is fine. But when the students look back, they say they couldn’t have done it without each other.

“It gave me a better understanding of life. You don’t know when your next moment is,” Barr said.

Students will be honored Friday at the high school home football game.

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