The man burst into a Nicolas Junior High School classroom, screamed “get down” and, after crawling around, grabbed a student’s leg.
Recognizing the potential danger, teacher Robyn Clemente quickly called the principal’s office then rescued her students.
Positioning herself between the man and her students, she talked the man into letting go of the child by telling him she would let him hold her hand.
She then told her 35 students to run. Then she ran. Police arrived moments later and arrested the man, Aaron Bennett, 23.
On Thursday June 5th, a standing-room only crowd gave Clemente a standing ovation. She was among dozens of community members and police officers honored for making Fullerton safe at apromotion and awards ceremony at the Fullerton Community Center.