Beautiful Yuan Wenting (袁文婷) was only 20-year old and taught
grade one at Minzhuzhongxin Primary when the earthquake
struck. The kids in her class were too young to comprehend
the grave situation and too terrified to run, so Yuan carried
them flown to the open one by one. When she tried to get
the last child, the building collapsed, and she never comes
out of the building alive again.
During the violent quake, Wu Zhonghong (吴忠洪), a teacher at
Huaiyuanzhen High, held up the door that was about to fall
to allow the students running out of the room. When made
roll call on the playground, he found two students missing,
thus courageously dashed back into the crumbled building
to search for the kids. Later his body was discovered in
the rubble, and under his body, it was the bodies of the
two missing students.
When the earthquake shook the building, young teacher Wang
Zhouming (王周明) calmly guided his students to evacuate.
At the fateful moment when the building fell apart, he
leapt forward to shove a girl out the door while he himself
was struck down by a huge beam. His skull was fractured
and he died immediately.
Tan Qianqui (谭千秋), the school master at Dongqi High, was
found dead with his arms spread wide covering a desk. Under
the desk, there were four children, all survived the ordeal.
Tang Hong (唐鸿) was a dance teacher, young and full of life.
On May 12th afternoon, she was busily arranging her students
to prepare Children's
Day show. When the earth shuddered, she dashed forward,
push her students into a corner and covered them with her
own body. She died, but three girls in her arms were saved.
Her name is Xiang Jian (向倩), newly graduated and worked as
an English teacher AT Longju Primary School. When the earthquake
rocked the building, she dragged two students, who were
rendered immobilized by the disaster, to flee the shaking
building. Yet before they reached the gate, the walls fell
down on them. When the rescuers eventually found her,
they saw her body being snapped into three sections, yet
her arms still holding tight her students.
Later her father, a vice-principal at another primary school,
learned the news of his daughter's heroic death and was heartbreaking.
But he said, firmly, "I can understand, as a teacher,
she did what she should do."
From the rubble of a collapsed building, the rescuers found
a man and a woman holding each other's arms that formed
a protective shelter for a little girl about 3 years of
age. The pair were killed by the falling roof but the girl
was not hurt. When China was moved to tears by the great
love of her parents who sacrificed their lives to save
their child, the truth behind the story has further touched
the heart of the nation: the girl's parents have returned
to Sichuan from Guangzhou to search for the toddler. Now
the question is who are the deceased man and woman in the
rubble that have given their lives to protect someone else's
(Sources of original photos and info: 重庆晨报, 新华网 +)
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