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Florida Shooting: Indian-American teacher hailed for quick thinking that saved students

LAS VEGAS, NV – FEBRUARY 16: People hold candles during a vigil put together by the Route 91 Foundation at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden for victims of Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 16, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The healing garden was created in the wake of the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip in October 2017. Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the Florida high school, has been arrested and charged with 17 murders in the February 14 shooting. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

An Indian-American teacher has been praised for her quick thinking that helped save a number of lives during the Florida school shooting on February 14 that claimed 17 lives. Shanthi Viswanathan, a Mathematics teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, locked the doors of her classroom immediately after the alarm inside the school rang for the second time that day. She kept the windows closed and made her students crouch on the floor. “She was quick on her feet and used her knowledge. She saved a lot of kids,” Dawn Jarboe, mother of one of Viswanathan’s students, told…

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