A victim of the Parkland high school shooting in Florida says he doesn't know why the media is hailing his teacher as a hero. Joshua Gallagher, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said his teacher is "nothing but a coward" after he locked 75% of his students outside of the classroom leaving them to fend for themselves with the killer.
After the devastating attack perpetrated by former student, Nikolas Cruz, 19, Marjory Stoneman High School math teacher Matt Gard made headlines for protecting his students. Gallagher has a different side of the story. He says he was in class with Gard in the moments leading up to the shooting and once it started he says Gard abandoned him amid the emergency situation.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Im a victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. Please read my story below as I present the truth about a teacher Mr. Gard (Jim Gard) who calls himself a hero, and how the media portrayed him as hero when in reality he is the opposite. <a href="https://t.co/MH70M6Sqhe">pic.twitter.com/MH70M6Sqhe</a></p>— Josh Gallagher (@JoshBGallagher) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshBGallagher/status/969055215386267649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 1, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The junior shared a tweet earlier this week condemning Gard for leaving "75% of his students out in the hallway to be slaughtered." Gallagher says students began to file out of the classroom when they heard the school's fire alarm go off for the second time that morning.
The students were about 20 feet from a nearby staircase when the heavy gunfire started accompanied with screams from another part of the building. Gallagher described what happened next as an "instant rush" as he and his classmates hurried back to the classroom only to find Gard had locked them out.
Gallagher said he and about 15 classmates were left in the hall, "ducking as the screams of classmates and gunshots took over. We were stuck in the hall for a total of four minutes ducking and in fear of our lives," Gallagher said on Twitter. "I called my dad up on the phone thinking this could be the last time I speak to him."
Gard, who lives in Pompano Beach, said he was surprised to learn Gallagher and his father, an officer who responded to the school, were upset by his actions. He says locking the door is school protocol and no one was in the hallway when he closed the door.
"I looked back down the hall and no one was around — no one," Gard said. "You have to close the door. That’s protocol. We have no choice."
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