A teacher stops a school shooting at a high school in California and is now being called a hero by many, including police. After a gunman opened fire and started shooting at Taft Union High School near Bakersfield yesterday, a teacher was able to convince the shooter to put down his weapon after he had shot only one student.
Police believe they were very fortunate because the gunman had enough ammunition to shoot many people. However, disaster was averted due to the heroic actions of a teacher and a campus supervisor. Although one student is in critical but stable condition, it could have been much worse, says BBC.
The incident began in the morning when the 16-year-old student arrived at the school late. According to police, he was armed with at least 20 rounds of ammunition and had a shotgun. He was spotted with the gun and staff members then called police, however, he already shot at two people in the class. The teacher was grazed, and that's when he decided to take action.
The teacher, along with another school official who came in the classroom, warned the suspect that there would be no shooting in his class. Surprisingly, the gunman listened and dropped his weapon. Shortly after he surrendered, police officers arrested him.
Both are now being considered as heroes and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood had this to say,
"They talked him into putting that shotgun down. He in fact told the teacher, `I don't want to shoot you,' and named the person that he wanted to shoot"
He went on to say,
"The heroics of these two people goes without saying. They could have just as easily... tried to get out of the classroom and left students, and they didn't."