An Indian-American teacher has been lauded for saving the lives of her students during the Florida high school shooting. The gunman killed 17 people. When the alarm went off, Shanthi Viswanathan shut the doors of her algebra classroom, and made the students crouch on the floor. She covered the windows and wanted to keep the students out of the gunman’s sight.

“She was quick on her feet. She used her knowledge. She saved a lot of kids,” Dawn Jarboe, the mother of one of Viswanathan’s students

She also was very careful when SWAT, a police contingent, came and knocked on her door, asking her to open it.

“Viswanathan took no chance that it wasn’t a trick by the gunman to get in,” the newspaper said.

“She said, ‘knock it down or open it with a key. I’m not opening the door,'” Dawn Jarboe said.

If not for this brave teacher, many others would have also lost their life in one of America’s deadliest school shootings.

A former student opened fire at his high school and killed at least 17 adults and children. The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was expelled for disciplinary reasons and is due in court on Thursday (Feb 15). The Florida school shooting is among the 10 most deadliest mass shootings in US history.

Students took footage of the incidents and posted it on social media. Some of them thought their lives were over and started texting goodbyes to their loved ones.

“We did everything that we were supposed to do. Broward County Schools has prepared us for this situation and still to have so many casualties, at least for me, it’s very emotional. Because I feel today like our government, our country has failed us and failed our kids and didn’t keep us safe,” said teacher Melissa Falkowski.

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