“He has revictimized the students he left out of his class by calling himself a hero”
We cover a lot of stories where ordinary people rise above and beyond the call of duty. We call such people heroes.
In fact, a movie was released some time ago about three guys who did exactly that… The 15:17 to Paris.
One thing we’ve noticed about actual real-deal heroes is that they tend not to call themselves heroes. They just stepped up and did what had to be done.
Meanwhile in a place like America, where we even our poorest citizens are privileged with wealth and security that would be the absolute envy of most of the world, our definitions of heroes tend to be adjusted downward.
Normally, we’ve come to expect that, sadly, but this is ridiculous.
Here is the tweet by a student that started the controversy.
Im 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. pic.twitter.com/MH70M6Sqhe
— Josh Gallagher// MSD STRONG (@JoshBGallagher) March 1, 2018
Here is the text of it:
…Rushed Back To Our Class Room…
…Door was locked…
…Me And 15 Other students left in the hallways ducking as the screams of classmates and gunshots…
… stuck in the hall for 4 minutes ducking and in fear for our lives…
(the whole shooting, you remember, lasted 6 minutes)
…left 75% of his students out in the hallway to be slaughtered…
… called a news station inform them of what was going on instead of attempting … save kids
Of course, the teacher gave the reply that he was only following protocol. He also claims that he looked in the hallways and saw nobody there.
But the teacher, stunned by the public flogging on social media, says he was following protocol and did nothing wrong. He was surprised to learn weeks later that the student and his father were upset.
Teacher Jim Gard, of Pompano Beach, says 13 students had lagged behind during a fire drill and wound up locked outside his classroom, but all found refuge elsewhere and survived the shooting.
“I looked back down the hall and no one was around — no one,” said Gard. “You have to close the door. That’s protocol. We have no choice.”
Source: Sun Sentinel
“No choice,” he said. “Only doing what I was told to do,” he said.
Is it true you were on the phone with the media at the time?
Because adding opportunism to cowardice is a particularly obnoxious species of heartlessness.
Did Jim Gard attend the funerals of the three teachers who understood that the lives of children are worth protecting, even at great personal risk?
And if he did attend, was it to honor their memory, or locate a news camera?
It was astonishing how easily and smoothy this ‘outrage’ became a ‘movement’ (some would say ‘sketchy’), and it was opportunists like Gard that helped make that possible.
Authorities should have no trouble verifying whether the hall was ’empty’ as Gard claims, or whether kids were trapped there, as the student said when they get around to reviewing the security footage.
Speaking of.. when will we get to see the footage from those outdoor cameras so we can see what the Deputies were doing while children and teachers were executed for 6 minutes unopposed?
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