Teacher's daring act while being robbed on Zoom call with student

Yahoo News Staff
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A teacher had a terrifying encounter with a man who attempted to rob her while she was on a Zoom call with a student and his parents.

Amanda Zupancic, a special education teacher at Kirtland Local Schools in the US state of Ohio, was on the call about 11am (local time) on November 23 when she heard glass shattering downstairs.

“I was like, ‘Hold on, I think someone is breaking into my house, just joking’. I didn’t think anyone would be breaking into my house in the middle of day,” she told News 5 Cleveland.

As she investigated the noise, she saw a man with a knife in his hand walk through her baby gate and head upstairs towards her.

Amanda Zupancic holds a baby while she's dressed in a costume with whiskers.
Amanda Zupancic's quick-thinking ended in the man's arrest. Source: News 5

“He started threatening me, yelling at me, calling me names. He grabbed me upstairs into my bedroom,” she told the news station.

With the student’s family still on the Zoom call, the boy’s father leapt into action and called police, and told them they saw somebody break into her house while on the call.

Teacher’s quick-thinking act

Ms Zupancic told News 5 the robber was searching the home for valuables when she told him she had car keys downstairs.

However instead of grabbing the keys, she opened another gate securing both her German Shepherd and Great Dane-boxer mix dogs.

“The Great Dane-boxer mix went at him,” she said.

“I just grabbed a pair of scissors and I chased him to the front door.”

Amanda Zupancic's house at night time after the robbery.
Amanda Zupancic was on a Zoom call when she heard a crash downstairs. Source: News 5

The teacher chased him down the street and yelled at neighbours for them to help. A local contractor tackled the thief to the ground until police eventually arrived.

Police arrested the man and charged him with aggravated robbery and felonious assault.

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