May 23, 2022

Report: “Florida Shooting: Librarian Who Saved 55 “Knew What to Do Because Her Friend Survived Sandy Hook”

From The Independent:

A librarian saved the lives of 55 people when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Florida, killing 17.

Diana Haneski, a library media specialist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, jumped into action when she heard the school was under lockdown on her radio.


Speaking to Reuters, Ms Haneski, 57, said she knew what to do as her friend, a fellow librarian, had managed to save 22 people during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012.

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From Reuters:

Her longtime friend Yvonne Cech, 58, was the librarian on duty at the Newtown, Connecticut school five years ago when a gunman, also a former student, massacred 20 children and six adults. Cech crammed 18 children and four adults into a small closet and locked the door as gunshots rang out.

“People said to me: ‘What an incredible coincidence that you have such a close friend who could have the same experience’,” Cech told Reuters. “I feel angry that anyone had to experience that horror.”

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