Amid horror during Florida school shooting; Indian origin teacher saves many
While blood spilled all over in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there was also hope that humans come to each other’s rescue in times of difficulty.
One such teacher Shanthi Viswanathan, also known as ‘Mrs V’ to her students, showed exemplary courage and presence of mind during the school shooting incident.
A math teacher, Viswanathan became cautious the moment she heard the fire alarm ring out the second time.
Nobody then knew that her Algebra lesson was going to turn into a disturbing turn of events.
The Indian origin Viswanathan soon intervened to protect her pupils within the school instead of making a run.
She instructed her students to crouch on the floor in one of corner of her classroom and covered the windows with paper so no one could see in.
In this way, she saved several children who could have been shot down while escaping.
Reportedly even the SWAT team was unable to make Viswanathan open the door as she responded to their calls with, “Knock it down or open it with a key. I’m not opening the door,” fearful that it was a decoy by the shooter.
The SWAT teams had to knock down the door to gain entry inside.
The accused was later identified as Nikolas Cruz who is now in judicial custody.>