Yesterday was an absolutely devastating day after a school shooting left 17 dead and 15 injured. Over 3,200 students attended the school in Parkland, Florida and unfortunately their lives have now been changed forever. The gunman, who we aren’t going to waste our words saying his name, had previously attended the high school but had been expelled from the school the previous school year.
Students and teachers lived in this terrifying hellish nightmare for a few hours while they were waiting for the ok to leave the school and get to a safer place.
While police were searching and clearing all of the rooms they found a shocking discovery in one of the closets.
According to Love What Matters, Language arts teacher Melissa Falkowski is being hailed a hero this morning for hiding 19 students in a closet during the Florida school massacre at Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb 14. Several of the students are now emotionally speaking out to thank their teacher for keeping them safe and calm during the tragedy.
“Melissa Falkowski is an amazing educator who deserves praise for what she did. I had multiple panic attacks while locked in the closet with 19 other people for numerous hours,” Emma Dowd told Love What Matters.
“She reiterated many times that I would be safe and she won’t let anything happen to me. I spend a lot of time with Falkowski as she advises the newspaper, which I’m one editor-in-chief of. She constantly checked up on me and kept me calm even when there were nearly 160 of us in the library after all the classes got searched. I’m eternally grateful for strong and caring educators like her. She not only cared for me but also the 160 kids in the classroom with us along with her other faculty.
There have been many new stories coming out about the teachers and administration at that school and the heroic acts that they did to save the lives of the students there.
According to USA Today, An assistant football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School died shielding students from a gunman, who police say killed 17 and injured others at the south Florida school on Wednesday.
Aaron Feis, who also was a security guard, “selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories,” said a tweet from the school’s football team.
Teachers don’t always get the credit that they deserve. These 2 teachers and their selfless acts just saved the lives of many students and it is unfortunate that one of them even lost their own life. We are sending so much love and prayers to the families and friends of these students, administration and the community of Parkland, Florida.