“I looked back down the hall and no one was around — no one,” he said. “You have to close the door. That’s protocol. We have no choice."
He said he and the six students were huddled in the dark when they heard pounding on the door, presumably Dietrich, Gallagher, and the remaining students. Gard reported going over to the door, but reminded the Sun-Sentinel that protocol prohibited him from opening it.
“Fast forward to Sunday, when the parents came back for an open house,” Gard added. “All of a sudden this kid comes over and starts screaming at me. Then his father started screaming at me. This is insane.”
“I’m not going to sensationalize this even like my teacher did,” Gallagher said in a Twitter message to the Sun-Sentinel, referring to interviews Gard granted reporters after the shooting and the policies which allowed for this situation to unfold. “I want change to happen when it comes to protocol and the way this situation is handled. No child can feel the way I did.”