How This Heroic Teacher Prevented Another Mass School Shooting
Meet Brady Olsen, the Washington man who has been widely hailed as a hero after tackling a 16-year-old student to the ground. The teenager, who is yet to be identified, had opened fire in the school common area when Brady came in and saved the day.
The incident occurred on Monday morning at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington. The student had fired a couple of shots to the ceiling but before he could use his weapon again Brady was upon him. Brady, with the help of another teacher, then pinned the boy to the ground until the police arrived.
Brady said in a statement on the school’s website: “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.”
“I think it’s heroic,” Lacey Police Commander Chris Ward told King 5 News. “I think it’s guttural. People rise to the occasion when they need to do something. I think, in this case, it probably prevented worse things from happening.”
Thankfully nobody was injured during the scene. Students at the school were quick to praise their hero.
Well done to Brady Olsen, his bravery and quick thinking prevented what could have been another unnecessary disaster.