Stoneman Douglas survivor claims teacher hailed as hero was ‘coward’ who left kids ‘to be slaughtered’

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher who has been hailed as a hero is being called out by one student as a coward.

Josh Gallagher, a junior at Stoneman Douglas, took to Twitter two weeks after the shooting to call math teacher Jim Gard a “coward,” accusing him of leaving “75% of his students out in the hallway to be slaughtered.”

For the record, none of Gard’s students would die in the tragic shooting, according to the New York Post.

“I’m a victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. Please read my story below as I present the truth about a teacher Mr. Gard (Jim Gard) who calls himself a hero, and how the media portrayed him as hero when in reality he is the opposite,” the student tweeted, along with a lengthy statement.

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Gallagher called the teacher an “opportunist,” asking: “How can a man such as him be viewed as a hero in the media?”

“He is nothing but a coward,” he added. “He has re-victimized the students he left out of his class by calling himself a hero.”

Screengrab Josh Gallagher

The gunman pulled a fire alarm to create chaos — it sounds as if the plan worked to perfection. In an interview with Inside Edition, Gard explained that he evacuated his classroom, but heard a “code red” announcement and realized there was an active shooter on campus.

The student said he rushed back to his classroom once he realized what was going on, only to find the door locked. Gallagher said he and 15 classmates were left in the hallway “for four total minutes ducking and in fear for our lives,” before a teacher let then into another classroom.

Screengrab Jim Gard

“I yelled, ‘Get back in the classroom!’ so five girls and a guy came back in right away,” the teacher said. “All the other kids I had, which were about 13 more additional who had already… they were gone. They were nowhere to be found.”

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“So I looked left and right and it’s been about 10, 12 seconds looking around,” Gard continued. “There was nobody around so I closed the door, turned all the lights out.”

According to a security expert, once the door is closed, it should not be reopened.


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