Florida high school shooting survivor tells future teachers at Indiana University her story

Posted at 9:46 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 21:46:41-05

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A teacher who survived the shooting at a Florida high school that claimed 17 lives was at Indiana University on Friday speaking to a crowd of future teachers.

Katherine Posada explained what she did to help her students cope and survive in the midst of crisis.

"We're gonna be okay. I kept repeating that," said Posada.

Posada told the aspiring teachers what it was like on that Valentine's Day.

"My small way of doing something. Trying to share these ideas with people hopefully to inspire them to keep going on the profession they have chosen," said Posada.

Morgan Schreiber was in the audience. Her 14-year-old brother was at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the day of the deadly shooting.

"Didn't hear from him, and then I get a text 'I'm safe in a closet,'" said Schreiber.

She has a new resolve to be a teacher after listening to Posada.

"A certain type of person is the type of teacher that you want, and I'm hoping I'm that type of person," said Schreiber.

Posada also talked about the idea of teachers carrying guns. She says it's not in her makeup.

"Teachers being armed is a terrible idea and I have many reasons for that," said Posada.

The future is daunting for potential teacher Chelsea Smith, but she says she is undeterred.

"Even though I am nervous and a little scared I feel that nervousness and that energy will propel me to do my job the best," said Smith.