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Pennsylvania Teacher Stuck Behind Turnpike Pileup Holds Class On FaceTime

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A teacher stranded behind a massive pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike refused to let her AP European History class take a day off Friday.

Stuck on the turnpike for more than four hours, Lynn McNulty, a teacher at the Hun School of Princeton, taught students from her car using the FaceTime app.

Drivers were stranded for hours in the icy weather after two separate multi-vehicle crashes on the turnpike injured at least 30 people.

McNulty was sitting at the Willow Grove exit. She posted a message through the school’s communication system telling students to contact her through video chat when they arrived to class.

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Freshman and sophomores at Hun are given tablets so they can access a virtual classroom.

“I think they giggled at first, but they’re so used to technology around here that they knew I meant business,” McNulty told NBC Philadelphia. “I could see all the kids, and could see all the kids discussing with one another.”

"She was on the screen and we were conversing regularly," one student said. "We had a great class!"

At least one-hundred cars were involved in the pile-up, which spanned nine miles. McNulty said she was relieved to have something to pass the time.

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Sources: CSNPhilly.com, NBC News