There has been a shooting at a Finnish school today. At least eight people have been killed in an event that is shocking for the generally peaceful country. My friend Chris pointed out the following part of the story. (From The Independent)
Teacher Kim Kiuru said the first he knew of the incident was when the head announced over the public address system just before noon (1000GMT) that all students should remain in their classrooms.
“I stayed in the corridor to listen to more instructions, having locked my classroom door.
“After that I saw the gunman running with what appeared to be a small-calibre handgun in his hand through the doors toward me, after which I escaped to the corridor downstairs and ran in the opposite direction.”
He said he saw a woman’s body as he fled the building.
“Then my pupils shouted at me out of the windows to ask what they should do and I told them to jump out of the windows … and all my pupils were saved.”
This man seems to be bragging in saying, “all my pupils were saved.” My attention is drawn to what he said earlier. He locked his students inside the classroom and stood in the hallway to see what was happening. When he saw the gunman, he ran away. Here was a moment of potential heroism; a call to adventure, if you will. To paraphrase Indiana Jones and the Final Crusade, he chose poorly. A hero would have unlocked the door, gone back inside, relocked the door, and then directed the kids out the window.
What would you have done?