Many teachers love their students, just as parents love their children. A middle school teacher in Sichuan province lost his life while trying to rescue two students.
This used to be a middle school in Huaiyuan county. But the four-storey building has crumbled into debris.
In the playground beside it, 16-year-old Wu Nan, the son of English teacher Wu Zhonghong has been waiting for several days.
Wu Nan, son of Wu Zhonghong said "I really hope my father can walk out from here. My mom and I come here to have a look everyday. We hope the three of us can live happily together. Life like that is beautiful."
Song Daiqun, Wife of Wu Zhonghong said "We were having lunch together at noon. He said the first class in the afternoon was his. I let him go and said "I'll take care of the housework, I'll wash the dishes". "
When the massive earthquake struck on Monday, Wu Zhonghong was teaching a class. He immediately organized the four classes with 700 students to evacuate. But he returned when hearing there were still two students left upstairs. At that moment, the building collapsed. Wu Zhonghong and the two students disappeared in the debris.
Bai Yanli, one student said "It become very crowded down to the third floor and two students didn't dare to come down. It was unexpected that they would never come down."
One teacher of Huaiyuan Middle School said "Other teachers who were on the fourth floor, on the stairs, all had to rush down out of the building at that time. We all survived. If he only thought about himself at that moment, he would have survived. But what he cared about was the students."
700 students were safe and their teachers survived. Only Wu Zhonghong was buried in the ruins.
One resident of Huaiyuan County said "In fact, he is only an English teacher, not the teacher in charge of a class. His sense of responsibility was so strong that it completely touched us. I burst into tears when hearing this."
Even though his father is gone, Wu Nan is being strong, even though he is grieving.
Wu Nan said "My father has left us, but my mom is still alive. As the only man in my home, I'll take responsibility and take good care of my mother. I will never let her be sad again."
(CCTV May 19, 2008)