Parkland student calls teacher coward for locking door during massacre


Another emotionally charged story is surfacing in Parkland, Florida as a student is pointing a finger at a teacher for acting like a “coward” during the shooting that took place last month.

In a new report from the Sun-Sentinel on Friday, Josh Gallagher, a high school student who survived the massacre that left 17 people dead, has slammed his teacher on Twitter, calling him an “opportunist” and “a coward,” after he allegedly wouldn’t unlock his classroom door and let students in.

Gallagher, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said he was in math class with his teacher Jim Gard when the fire alarm went off. Students began to evacuate, and while Gallagher was near the stairwell, he said they heard shots being fired.

Kids started to retreat back toward their classroom, Gallagher said, only to find a locked door.

Gallagher, along with more than a dozen other students, was “left in the hallways ducking as the screams of classmates and gunshots took over the noise around me,” he tweeted. “We were stuck in the hall for 4 total minutes ducking and in fear for our lives.”

While Gallagher was on the phone with his dad, who he said is a first responder, another teacher who he’d “never seen before” allowed the group of kids to come inside.

After the shooting, Gallagher said he learned that his teacher allegedly “ran back into the classroom without turning around and locked his door.”

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