LIFE

Hero Teacher Pushed Students Into Safety During Shooting Even After Bullet Grazed His Cheek

by Mauricio Castillo
Mauricio has been writing for 11 years and is deeply into movies, sports and anything funny.

UPDATE: February 16, 2018

The Broward Education Foundation has set up a GoFundMe page to help the families of the Parkland shooting victims. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has said this is the official account to make donations. You can contribute here.

ORIGINAL STORY 

News reports from the Valentine’s Day shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High include stories of the heroes who rose up to protect the students inside the school.

One of those heroes is Ernie Rospierski. According to WXYZ Detroit, Ernie is one of the teachers who risked his life to save students fleeing the chaos.

The Miami Herald reports that Ernie initially thought a routine drill caused the ruckus in the school, which was near its end.

But that’s when he and the rest of the school heard shots ring out. The teacher immediately told the students in the hall to run back into their classroom.

Ernie tried steering them into the rooms, but by the time he reached his own classroom, the shooter appeared at the end of the hallway.

As the teacher looked at the shooter, a bullet grazed his cheek.

Ernie was undeterred, though, rushing to get more kids out of the line of fire. Police eventually arrived and escorted Ernie out of the building, along with the students he’d saved.

According to WXYZ, Ernie is doing well after his gunshot wound. The Miami Herald reports that the accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz, is a former student of Ernie’s.

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