SYLVANIA, Ohio – Sometimes, the difference between living and dying can be measured in seconds.
Such was the case the morning of Nov. 9 at McCord Junior High School. Connie Root, a 6th grade science teacher, had just told the 23 students in her fifth-period class she wasn’t feeling well and would be taking the following day off to visit her doctor.
The students began working on an assignment. Connie returned to her desk. There, she began writing a reminder to her substitute. It was approaching noon. Connie got part of one word down and, suddenly, pitched forward, sprawling across her desk.