Mrs. Viswanathan had a feeling something wasn’t right at Marjory Stopeman Douglas High when the second fire alarm of the day sounded right after class started.
Instead of letting her students out for Algebra II, Shanthi Viswanathan made them get on the floor in the corner of her classroom. But before she did that, she put paper up on all the windows in the classroom including the door so no one could look in.
Mrs. Viswanathan’s actions most likely saved her students lives that day. When SWAT tried opening the door she refused. “She said, ‘Knock it down or open it with a key. I’m not opening the door,’” Jarboe said.
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When the shooter was subdued and the SWAT team arrived to clear the classroom, they instructed Viswanathan to open the door. However, without knowing her students faced guaranteed safety on the other side of the door, she refused.
“She was quick on her feet. She used her knowledge. She saved a lot of kids,” Dawn Jarboe said
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A text from Brian confirmed that the SWAT team did exactly what Viswanathan said — they took down the door.
Her intuition proved to be right, and a law enforcement source told CNN that they believe the suspect, Nikolas Cruz, pulled the fire alarm to bring people into the hallway and increase casualties.
Seventeen people were killed, including multiple educators who gave their lives to save students. God Bless the families that a grieving. Our hearts are with them all.