Students say hero teacher was really a 'coward'

Florida students say hero teacher was really a 'coward' who left them to die

Math teacher Jim Gard was credited with protecting students in his classroom in the horrifying moments of Feb. 14, but students have expressed contempt at Gard on Twitter.

At least two students who survived the chaos and bloodshed of the Florida school shooting last month are challenging the narrative surrounding a teacher hailed as a hero after the rampage.

Math teacher Jim Gard was credited with protecting students in his classroom in the horrifying moments of Feb. 14 after a teen gunman unleashed a fusillade of bullets at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

In recent days, however, students Josh Gallagher and Connor Dietrich have expressed contempt at Gard on Twitter. Josh said Gard "called himself a hero, and ... the media portrayed him as a hero when in reality he is the opposite."

Josh said he was in Gard's class when the fire alarm went off and the students filed out. When they heard gunshots, about 15 of them froze before racing back to the classroom. Gard, however, had locked the door and refused to let them in.

"We were stuck in the hall for four total minutes, ducking and in fear for our lives" until a teacher Josh didn't know let them in another classroom, Josh said. He said Gard "left 75% of his students out in the hallway to be slaughtered."

Gard gave a phone interview to CBS Miami while still holed up in his classroom with some of his students, less than two hours after the shooting spree. The group had been awaiting the all-clear from police officers conducting a classroom-by-classroom search.

Josh noted that Gard was interviewed by media multiple times and has been acclaimed a hero.

"He is nothing but a coward," Josh said. "He has revictimized the students he left out of his class by calling himself a hero."

 

"As one of the kids left in the hallway I want people to understand how terrifying and defenseless I personally felt," Connor tweeted. "The person I had to rely on left us to die and that’s not okay."

Gard expressed shock at the accusations, telling the South Florida Sun-Sentinel he followed protocol that requires to keep doors locked during an active shooter drill or real emergency. He said six students followed him back into the room.

“I looked back down the hall and no one was around — no one,” he said. “You have to close the door. That’s protocol. We have no choice."

He said he and the six students were huddled in the dark when they heard banging on the door. He said he is prohibited from opening the door but did walk over to it. The banging, however, had stopped.

“Fast forward to Sunday, when the parents came back for an open house,” Gard told the Sun-Sentinel. “All of a sudden this kid comes over and starts screaming at me. Then his father started screaming at me. This is insane.”

Interesting. Makes me think of that gay dude that was hailed as a brave survivor from the nightclub shooting, until he accidentally revealed that he locked in his fellow club goers so they could be butchered while he lived.

wouldnt a student in the room unlock the door for them?

Dang. Don’t know what to make of this.

I just think of every sci fi movie where the door gets sealed and some poor sap is left to die a horrible death. 

Lose 1 to save 10 or risk everyone dying? Shitty predicament. 

he followed the rules now he is going to get crucified for it 

Why didn't they just try rolling in as the door closed, and then reach out and grab their hat at the last second?

i dont even get why ppl were running out of their classes anyway when buddy was shooting before he pulled the fire alarm 

 

 

akbar87 -

he followed the rules now he is going to get crucified for it 

This

The only thing that I wonder about is the student claims they were banging on the door right after the teacher shut it, if true doesn't sound good. The student might also not be remembering properly as all the chaos he went through.

So, we're teaching kids to retreat into a classroom if they hear gunshots in the distance...as opposed to run like hell in the opposite direction?

 

That needs to change.

IP -

So, we're teaching kids to retreat into a classroom if they hear gunshots in the distance...as opposed to run like hell in the opposite direction?

 

That needs to change.

Classroom with locked door > running through the same hallways a lunatic is occupying with a rifle.

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IP -

So, we're teaching kids to retreat into a classroom if they hear gunshots in the distance...as opposed to run like hell in the opposite direction?

 

That needs to change.

Classroom with locked door > running through the same hallways a lunatic is occupying with a rifle.

Opposite direction.  If you can't determine suspect location or he's too close - barricade.

 

IP -
Bam57Bam -
IP -

So, we're teaching kids to retreat into a classroom if they hear gunshots in the distance...as opposed to run like hell in the opposite direction?

 

That needs to change.

Classroom with locked door > running through the same hallways a lunatic is occupying with a rifle.

Opposite direction.  If you can't determine suspect location or he's too close - barricade.

 

Gotcha.

 

Next your involved in a shooting let me know how out running some gunfire in the opposite direction works out for you.

Bam57Bam - 
IP -
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IP -

So, we're teaching kids to retreat into a classroom if they hear gunshots in the distance...as opposed to run like hell in the opposite direction?

 

That needs to change.

Classroom with locked door > running through the same hallways a lunatic is occupying with a rifle.

Opposite direction.  If you can't determine suspect location or he's too close - barricade.

 

Gotcha.

 

Next your involved in a shooting let me know how out running some gunfire in the opposite direction works out for you.


Well According to MSNBC you can outrun handgun fire but not Assault weapon fire, so make sure to check the gun type first.

Lockdown procedures are pretty clear. Check the hallway, close and lock the doors, and cover all windows. Don’t open the door for anyone. The police will open the door when all is clear. 

 

They are are also pretty clear that teachers are not required to die for their students. I wonder if parents ever think about that when they are treating their kids teachers like shit?

Hammerstein - Sounds like dude followed correct protocol. Hard to fault him for it - it's protocol for a reason.

I agree. It was a horrible situation for everyone involved. Shooters in the hall, he locks the door. 

Too bad these kids have to call him names in the wake of everything. 

But then again I wasn't there. The fuck do I know. 

I imagine those students were outside the door banging on it and screaming to be let back in the room. At that point, you say fuck the protocol and let your students back in the room. 

Also, did the teacher really refer to himself as a hero in the media? For what, locking himself in the classroom with a handful of students? I don't get it, but maybe I'm missing something there.

Kings21 -

I just think of every sci fi movie where the door gets sealed and some poor sap is left to die a horrible death. 

Lose 1 to save 10 or risk everyone dying? Shitty predicament. 

While I don’t know if any of that OP is true...

i agree with you, how it’s written makes me think of Sci Fi and Horror movies with that common trope. 

Ryukyu Damashi -

Lockdown procedures are pretty clear. Check the hallway, close and lock the doors, and cover all windows. Don’t open the door for anyone. The police will open the door when all is clear. 

 

They are are also pretty clear that teachers are not required to die for their students. I wonder if parents ever think about that when they are treating their kids teachers like shit?

Good point

Everyone reacts different when life is on the line. The fact the kid and his father decided to scream at the teacher at the open house is BS.

Sounds like the teacher did help some of the kids so hard to call him a pussy.

I think this whole situation has probably been a misunderstanding. I think the kid remembers things differently from the stress.