Writing about the young man who shot and killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida serves to accomplish his fantasies of fame. Instead, we should be talking about the heroes that saved countless lives, and kept this terrible shooting from being even worse than it was.
Teacher Ashley Kurth is one of those heroes. She hid 65 students in her classroom, saving them from the barrage of deadly gunfire in the hallways.
In an interview, Kurth had this to say: “It was the end of the day and I was closing up because we just finished doing all of our cooking labs. We heard two pops and I thought it was something like a balloon popping.
“Then the fire alarm went off, which was really weird because we just had a fire alarm that morning. So I started getting the door closed on the one side to get the kids out for the fire drill. And as I was shutting my door, I had two very large senior boys coming at me like white faced, screaming, “There’s a shooter! There’s a shooter!”
“Then you could hear the rest of the gunshots start to go off. It almost sounded like firecrackers with the way that it was in succession.
“I grabbed them and brought them in. Other kids were starting to come in from there and I quickly ran around to the front of the classroom.
“We were prepping for a first shooter drill that we had just gone over not too long ago. So I was like, “OK, well here goes.”
“As I went out to the front, to lock my front door to double check it was secure, there was a whole mass of children that were just running out from the freshman building.”
Thanks to Ms. Kurth, 65 students were saved from being in the gunman’s line of fire. Will you ‘SHARE’ her heroism?