On February 14, 17 people, most of them students, were murdered by a gunman who broke into a high school in Parkland, Florida. The shooting has occupied America's consciousness as stories about what happened in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School come to light.
In the midst of the sorrow, stories about hero students and teachers were reported. Peter Wang, a student who died trying to save his friends was buried with full military honors. Aaron Fies, a football coach was honored when he died after sacrificing his life to protect his students.
Jim Gard, a math teacher at the high school was also hailed as a hero after he claimed he shielded six students in his classroom when the shooter was only 50 feet away.
But just as hearts are starting to heal following the shooting, disturbing allegations about one of the heroes is tarnishing the story he told the media.
Two students who survived the shooting have come forward to claim that Jim Gard, the math teacher, was not in fact a hero as we have come to think. Rather, they claim, he locked the door on them and 13 other classmates and refused to open it even while they banged on the classroom door and begged him to let them in.
The first student, Josh Gallagher, said he was in Gard's classroom when the fire alarm went off. He said himself and 14 of his classmates filed out of the class before they realized there was a shooter in the school.
"As we made it to the door, we found out the door was locked," Gallagher said.