Before a devastating tragedy could took place, a 40-year-old shy teacher Angela McQueen tackled the shooter while he was firing at students eating their lunch.
The number of shootings in the schools in the U.S. is increasing by the day. Most of them don’t have happy endings.
School shootings petrify parents lately. Schools should be an image of safety and education, but when something terrifying happens in a school around the globe, every parent is crippled in fear.
In a shooting, every now and then a hero steps in. They are deciding that the lives of others is more important than their own. There is no braver decision than that.
In a recent accident that happened at Mattoon High School in Illinois, a hero in a suit, disguised as a shy math teacher, made sure that the students stay safe by taking action out of immeasurable bravery.
Angela McQueen, the brave teacher, recalls that day and quotes “You’re not going to do this to my kids.
A the boy started firing towards the students, but she didn’t hesitate for a split second to disarm him.
“I sprang into action because I looked over and I saw a student pull a gun out and he was aiming it at students to his right,” Angela said in a video released by the Illinois Education Association.
“I immediately lunged at the gun and I got the gun up in the air as quick as I could, as fast as I could because I didn’t want him to hit the students.”
Angela took down the shooter and tried to disarm him while he fired few shots into the ceiling. Immediately more teachers rushed towards the cafeteria, and soon after, police officers disarmed the teen.
A spokeswoman for the Illinois Education Association, Bridget Shanahan said that one 16-year-old student was shot, but he recovered and was soon released from the hospital.
The shooter name whose wasn’t revealed because he’s a minor, was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.
“Had the teacher not responded as quickly as she had, I think the situation would have been a lot different,” Mattoon police Chief Jeff Branson said.
Once the shooter was taken by the police, Angela made sure that everyone was fine.
“She was walking around and making sure everything was OK. And I went up and gave her a hug and thanked her because she could have — that could have been a lot worse and she made it to where it wasn’t,” student Anna Morton told CBS.
“We are forever grateful to Angela for her courageous actions that saved the lives of our kids. She was a ray of light in our darkest hour,” Superintendent Larry Lilly said in the release.
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