A Washington high school teacher is being called a hero after tackling a school shooter on Monday morning.
A teen fired a gun twice at the North Thurston High School in Lacey around 7:30 a.m., reports NBC News, and was apprehended almost immediately by a high school teacher that ran towards the gun fire.
The 16-year-old that has not been identified, shot the gun into the gym floor then ran down the stairs to the cafeteria where he fired the gun into the ceiling.
One of the student’s classmates stated that the teen who is responsible for firing the gun had worn black to school that day, which was not something the usually would do.
“He was never rude to anyway. He was very social in class. I never noticed any bullying in our class. He wasn’t a quiet kid. He didn’t wear all black like he did today,” stated Natalia Greene.
The teacher that tackled the student has been identified as history teacher Brady Olson. He released a statement after the incident:
“I would like to say how happy I am that everyone is safe after today’s incident. I would also like to take this opportunity to praise all the police agencies that were involved, especially our Student Resource Officer, (SRO) Ed McClanahan. All agencies responded quickly and acted with the utmost professionalism. Additionally, I would like to say thank you to an amazing staff here at North Thurston High School. From administrators to teachers, all reacted to a very intense situation with incredible tact and professionalism. No one, including myself, can prepare for a situation like this, so I’m very thankful that we’re all okay. As always, students come first, and today was no different. I reacted in a way that any other teacher would react and at the sound of a gunshot had three other adults, including Tim Brown, Dean of Students, Principal Steve Rood, and Security Officer, Jim Beltico, going toward the sound of gun fire rather than away. We will all group together as a staff and community, like we always do, and continue to put kids first! North Thurston High School’s staff handled this like every other staff in every city, in every state, across this country would. I’m incredibly proud to be a member of the bigger community of educators who teach and take care of our kids every day.”
Olson is being called a hero by all and many believe he may have averted a situation that could have turned deadly.
No one was injured, reported Fox News and the shooter is in custody and being questioned.
On May 26, 1998, Kipland P. Kinkel walked into Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore. and opened fire, killing two kids at the school.