We propose a news story of few months ago because her gesture is always actual. Mexican authorities awarded Martha Ivette Rivera Alanis who kept a group of children calm by singing to them as shots were fired outside, after her video of the incident became an internet hit.
The footage, posted on YouTube, shows Martha Ivette Rivera Alanis leading the five- and six-year-olds in song as they lay on the floor at the Alfonso Reyes kindergarten, in northern Nuevo Leon state, while bullets ring out in the background.
Police said gunmen had shot dead five people at a taxi stand near the school during the incident on Friday (May 2013).
Nuevo Leon state governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz recognised the teacher's "valour, devotion and courage to confront a risky situation" and handed her a framed certificate. "It shows us the path to follow in difficult times that our state and our country are experiencing, and it's with examples like this that we have to keep advancing," the governor added.
Nuevo Leon and its capital and economic hub Monterrey were considered some of the safest areas in Mexico until recent years, when they have seen shootouts and slayings blamed on the Gulf drug gang and its former allies the Zetas.
Some 37,000 people have died in an escalation of drug-related violence in Mexico since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a military offensive on organised crime, according to media tallies.