An Indian-American maths teacher is being hailed for saving the lives of her students during the attack on high school in Florida that left 17 dead.
Shanthi Viswanathan shut the doors to her algebra classroom, made the students crouch on the floor and covered the windows, keeping them out of the reach and sight of the gunman, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
“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, told the newspaper.
When an elite police contingent known as a SWAT team came and knocked on the 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,'” Jarboe quoted her as telling the police.
A suspended student, Nikolas Cruz, barged into Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and killed 15 students and two staff members with an AR-15 automatic rifle.