‘She would bash that a 1000 times implicit if she could,’ workfellow says

A South Florida teacher died a leader implicit the play portion redeeming her lad from drowning successful El Salvador.

CUTLER BAY, Fla. – A South Florida teacher died a leader implicit the play portion redeeming her lad from drowning successful El Salvador.

Michelle Vargas was a peculiar needs teacher for the past 18 years, and for the past 9 years, she worked astatine Cutler Bay Middle School arsenic a peculiar needs teacher.

Relatives, unit members, parents and students are devastated aft learning of the abrupt loss.

“We consciousness precise atrocious and confused,” genitor Maylin Hilton said. “She was a bully teacher. She was a bully idiosyncratic and each the kids emotion her.”

Local 10 News learned that Vargas was successful El Salvador implicit the weekend, celebrating her day with her lad who has autism.

Unfortunately, it was during a travel to the formation that her lad wandered into a rip current.

Vargas jumped successful to prevention him, and portion she was capable to rescue her son, she sadly mislaid her beingness successful the process.

Cutler Bay Middle School’s main said Vargas was an astonishing instructor, but she was an adjacent much astonishing mother.

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“Michelle gave up her beingness for her son,” Ignacio Rodriguez said.

A connection from Miami-Dade Public Schools read, “We are devastated to larn astir the tragic nonaccomplishment of a beloved and respected teacher who has impacted the lives of Cutler Bay Middle School students for astir a decade. From each of america astatine Miami-Dade County Public Schools, we widen our heartfelt condolences to the Vargas household during this hard time.”

“Michelle Vargas was an astonishing teacher,” Rodriguez said. “She was an advocator for children, she was a peculiar ed teacher who worked with the astir needy students and she had this quality to link with students.”

Another colleague, teacher Andres Rodriguez, said Vargas’ heroism doesn’t astonishment him.

“It doesn’t astonishment maine the mode that she near us, redeeming her son, due to the fact that she would bash that a 1000 times implicit if she could,” helium said.

A GoFundMe page has been created to bring Vargas’ assemblage backmost to the U.S. from El Salvador, arsenic good arsenic to assistance with ceremonial costs and to assistance attraction for her son.

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According to the GoFundMe page, Vargas died connected her birthday, Saturday.

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About the Authors:

Roy Ramos joined the Local 10 News squad successful 2018. Roy is simply a South Florida autochthonal who grew up successful Florida City. He attended Christopher Columbus High School, Homestead Senior High School and graduated from St. Thomas University.

Amanda Batchelor is the Digital Executive Producer for Local10.com.