Shanthi Viswanathan, algebra II teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL
Yes, the hero-teacher who had the presence of mind to barricade her students inside a classroom and wouldn’t let anyone inside until she knows all of them are safe.
When the gunman — who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman High School — started firing, this quick thinking teacher may have saved her students’ lives by ordering them to huddle on the floor instead of sending them into the school hallway. She proceeded to cover the classroom window with papers so that no one from the outside can see who are hiding inside.
Dawn Jarboe, a parent of one her students has this to say: “She was quick on her feet. She used her knowledge. She saved a lot of kids.”
How determined was she to protect her students?
We assume A LOT, because when a member of the SWAT team arrived to rescue them, the teacher cannot be persuaded to open the door. She was not taking any chances. After all these students are her kids!
“She said, ‘Knock it down or open it with a key. I’m not opening the door,” Jarboe said.
Brian, one of the students inside the room texted her mom, “Some SWAT guy took out the window and cleared our room.”
Of course social media cannot get enough of this amazing teacher. So many are praising her for her quick-thinking and life-saving reaction:
"Rather than let her Algebra II students out, #ShanthiViswanathan made them get on the floor in the corner of the room. But first she put paper over the window in the class door so no one could see in."#FloridaShooting#Parkland https://t.co/GrlqV4GUPD
— Jenny Yang stands w the WGA (@jennyyangtv) February 17, 2018
My brave HINDU sister https://t.co/YclTYyKvpb
— Pramod Kumar Buravalli (@pburavalli) February 18, 2018
What is a hero?
“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” — Maya Angelou
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