New Principal Sees Girl’s ‘Funny’ Face On School Bus And Ends Up Saving Her Life In 10 Seconds

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

If you’re a teacher, you know how important your students’ safety, well-being, and happiness are. Principals, who are usually not present in the classroom, still try to get to know the kids they are in charge of.

As a new principal, Latoya Cobb decided to ride the school bus for the first time with the elementary school children. This decision made all the difference for one 5-year-old girl.

Latoya happened to look over at the student and noticed her making what she later described as a “funny” face. It dawned on the principal that the girl couldn’t breathe.

Her instincts took over, and she rushed over to the child to immediately start performing the Heimlich maneuver.

Ten seconds felt like a lifetime in the principal’s mind, but that’s all the time it took to expel the piece of candy that was lodged in the student’s throat.

The girl’s family is eternally grateful for Latoya’s quick actions. They’ve even called her an angel! After all, this isn’t their first brush with death by way of choking: The girl’s mom also suffered a similar incident when she was young.

Latoya may be new, but she’s already making a name for herself at this school! Now, families know that they can trust her and her instincts.

Please SHARE to thank educators like her for looking after our children!

Footage provided by WTVF Nashville

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