Taft High School teachers who talked down shooter are heroes too!
Yesterday, we were all horrified to hear that another school shooting had taken place, this time at Taft High School in California. The incident left two injured, but could've potentially turned into something much more deadly had it not been for two remarkably brave school staffers who talked the teen into putting down his gun.
Officials say that after the shots were fired, teacher Ryan Heber tried to get more than two dozen students out a back door, all while distracting the shooter by engaging him in conversation. After hearing the gunfire, campus supervisor Kim Lee Fields joined Heber, talking to the teen in an attempt to get him to put the weapon down. "I don't want to shoot you," the suspect told Heber.
Eventually, Heber and Fields were able to convince him to surrender his shotgun over to the two of them, essentially saving the lives of dozens of students and teachers in the school.
"They could have just as easily ... tried to get out of the classroom and left students, and they didn't," Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a press conference yesterday. "They knew not to let him leave the classroom with that shotgun."
I am amazed at these courageous men who heroically put themselves in danger to prevent so many other people from getting hurt. With everyone still feeling heartbroken over the Newtown massacre, I think most people are already on high alert about any potential incidents at schools. I know my own heart skipped a beat in fear after hearing of this news yesterday, but thanks to Heber and Fields, a scary ordeal was prevented from becoming a much bigger tragedy. I don't even want to consider what could've happened if they hadn't intervened.
Their actions once again reminded me how thankful we should all be for the rare breed of truly amazing, devoted, and brilliantly brave teachers and school staffers out there, who are willing to go beyond their job descriptions to genuinely be there for their students. It's educators like them that really make a difference in a kid's life and without them, our nation's schools just wouldn't be able to survive.
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What do you think of Heber and Fields' actions?