She said she approached the other killer and asked, "'Would you like to give me what you have in your hands?' I did not want to say weapons but I thought it was better having them aimed on one person like me rather than everybody there. Children were starting to leave school, as well."
The attack took place outside of Mulgrave Primary School. Teachers said they at first locked down some of the classrooms, hoping to shield the students from what had happened. But an air ambulance landed inside school grounds, and at least some of the students were clearly petrified as they learned of the news.
"People were all saying we were going to die," one student told the BBC. "There were choppers, police, ambulance around. We were very scared."
This evening, members of the anti-immigrant, right-wing-party English Defense League held a protest near the scene of the attack, throwing stones at British police.
Leading British Muslims were quick to condemn the attack.
"We must come together, isolate those who believe that extremism and violence are acceptable, and work to ensure that they meet the full force of the law," Fiyaz Mughal, the director of Faith Matters, said in a statement. "We as the Muslim community will work against anyone who promotes such hatred."
Outside the nearby barracks -- just a few hundred feet from the attack -- locals placed flowers to honor the victim.
"To the poor man who lost his life," read one note, according to the BBC. "I'm so sorry I couldn't stop these vile animals."