A former Ottawa resident is among the children to survive the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Grade 3 student Maleeha Ali, 8, was in science class on Friday when the loud speaker came on. They could hear shots being fired and people screaming.

One of Maleeha’s favourite teachers, Vicki Soto, 27, was killed on Friday while trying to protect the children in her 1st grade class.

Sabeena Ali, Maleeha’s mom says “She was one of the very, very, lucky ones. She got out alive and really didn’t see anything which is going to be a huge step in her recovery. I just can’t imagine the children who actually saw their teacher getting shot and saw the scenes. I can’t imagine what they are going through.”

The Ali's family moved from Kanata to Newtown in 2010.

CTV’s Norman Fetterley will have a full report tonight at 6.