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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Maryann Jacob
A worker who turned on the intercom, alerting others in the building that something was very wrong. A custodian who risked his life by running through the halls and warning of danger. A clerk who led 18 children on their hands and knees to safety, then gave them paper and crayons to keep them calm and quiet.
One day after the horrific deaths of 26 people, including 20 children, in the second-worst school shooting in U.S. history, a stunned nation began a grim, all-too-familiar process: mourning the loss of innocents, learning more about a killer and looking for answers in the wake of madness.
There happened to be materials for coloring, she said, "so we set them up with paper and crayons."
As they waited to be rescued, she said she and the other adults kept the children busy with "paper and crayons."