He had just eight minutes to get the class of 42 students to safety.
“We first heard a weird cracking noise, then came the violent shaking,” he said, describing the moment the earthquake struck on March 11.
“I ushered the students outside on to the baseball field so they wouldn’t be hit by falling debris.”
“We didn’t know whether we were safe. All we could do was to watch it come towards us and pray we were high enough above it to be okay,” he said.
Fortunately, they avoided the wave as it passed through the valley below them.
But the high school’s 137 other students are still unaccounted for.