‘I don’t think my teacher got out’

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As usual, police bungling and individual heroism:

Liviu Librescu- Hero

Mallalieu said his professor held the door shut while students darted to the windows. Some climbed on desks, ledges and a radiator cover to pull down the screens and kick at the metal-framed glass, Mallalieu said. Three windows easily gave way and swung open on hinges as the gunshots got louder…

Mallalieu said he never saw [Professor Liviu] Librescu escape. “I don’t think my teacher got out.”

From the Jerusalem Post:

…a 75-year-old [Holocaust] survivor sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday’s shooting at Virginia Tech College…

Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, threw himself in front of the shooter, who had attempted to enter his classroom. The Israeli mechanics and engineering lecturer was shot to death, “but all the students lived – because of him,” Virginia Tech student Asael Arad – also an Israeli – told Army Radio.

8:37 am on April 17, 2007
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