New tales of heroism are emerging from Wednesday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which left 17 dead and 14 wounded.
One of the dead was a teacher who died while trying to save students.
Alex, a student at the school in Parkland, northwest of Fort Lauderdale, said her teacher likely saved many students in the class.
“We heard the fire alarm for the second time that day, which was weird,” she told WSVN-TV. “We left the classroom, which [my teacher] locked the door, so we could leave, and when people were halfway down the stairwell, it just stopped. The alarm stopped, and we heard gunshots coming from the first floor, the second floor.
"People were running upstairs. We all got upstairs and into the classroom, and when he tried to unlock the door, me and a couple other people ran in, and as he was closing the door, he was actually shot and killed right there.”
Alex said she and other students inside the classroom saw the gunman walk past.
“The door was left open the whole time, so as [the gunman] walked by, the door was open,” Alex said. “He could have walked in at any time. We just had to be as quiet as possible.”
Cristina Vega said she was in shock when she realized her teacher was shot.
“I heard him get shot. I was like, ‘Oh, no. They’re out for cold blood,'” Vega said. “When the policemen busted down the door, we all started going outside with our hands up, and they yelled at us. They’re like, ‘Don’t look to the side. Look straight ahead.’ I did a little glance. I saw they pushed a kid up here and put a mat over him, and then I saw the teacher over there. I didn’t know it was my teacher until people started telling me about it.”
WSVN-TV did not identify the teacher. But a teacher, Aaron Feis, who was the school’s football coach, was the first to be identified as being killed in the shooting.
The football team’s Twitter page said Feis died shielding students. “It is with Great sadness that our Football Family has learned about the death of Aaron Feis. He was our Assistant Football Coach and security guard. He selflessly shielded students from the shooter when he was shot. He died a hero and he will forever be in our hearts and memories."