Heroic Teacher Took Down A Gunman To Prevent High School Shooting


High school teacher Brady Olson didn't just defend his students from a shooter, but also saved the young man's life.

NBC reports a 16-year-old student entered Lacey, Washington's North Thurston High School early Monday with what may have been his parents' gun before firing into the floor of the gym and soon afterward, the cafeteria's ceiling.

As word spread throughout the school, social studies teacher Brady Olson came running, according to KING5.

He physically took the student down, just as the high school's student resource officer Ed McClanahan took aim with the alleged intention of firing.

Local police say the sophomore, who'd only been enrolled at the school for a month, may have been hoping to be shot by the officer.

In a statement released to press, Olson said,

The unnamed teenager is reportedly still in police custody at the Thurston County Juvenile Detention Center. Local investigations are ongoing.

The North Thurston public school district twitter posted live updates.

The North Thurston High School community is eager to band together in the wake of the shooting.

Citations: Teacher Tackles Shooter at North Thurston High School (NBC News)