Florida students say hero teacher was really a 'coward' who left them to die

FLORIDA (KWCH) Florida students say a teacher who was hailed as a hero during the Florida school shooting last month is nothing but a coward.

Josh Gallagher and Connor Dietrich are challenging the tale of heroism told by Math teacher Jim Gard who was credited for protecting students in his classroom while a gunman opened fire on students and staff.

Recently, the two boys took to Twitter expressing disgust and contempt toward Gard.

Josh says said Gard "called himself a hero, and ... the media portrayed him as a hero when in reality he is the opposite."

He was in Gard's classroom at the time of the shooting. When the fire alarm went off and the students began filed out they heard gunshots.

Students immediately froze before racing back to the classroom but according to Josh, Gard had locked the door, refusing to let them inside.

"We were stuck in the hall for four total minutes, ducking and in fear for our lives" until a teacher Josh didn't know let them in another classroom, Josh said. He said Gard "left 75% of his students out in the hallway to be slaughtered."

Josh says multiple media outlets have interviewd the teacher, hailing him a 'hero.'

"He is nothing but a coward," Josh said. "He has revictimized the students he left out of his class by calling himself a hero."

Connor Dietrich was one of the teacher left outside the classroom to die and expressed similar feelings toward Gard on Twitter.

"As one of the kids left in the hallway I want people to understand how terrifying and defenseless I personally felt," Connor tweeted. "The person I had to rely on left us to die and that’s not okay."

In an interview with
South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Gard says he was shocked by the accusations.

“I looked back down the hall and no one was around — no one,” he said. “You have to close the door. That’s protocol. We have no choice."

Gard says he was sitting with the six students in the classroom whey they heard banging on the door. He said he is prohibited from opening the door but he walk over to it but then the banging stopped.