High school teacher Brady Olson has been labelled a hero after he took action to stop a gunman at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington.
The incident occurred on Monday morning, when students reported hearing gun fire on Twitter at around 10:30am. Brady a government and civics teacher, prevented a tragedy when he tackled the student who opened fire in the usually packed common area.Thankfully nobody was injured.
Anthony Rybalkin, explained to Komo News he and a group of friends were hanging out near the lunch table when they heard the first shot. At first they thought it was ‘fake’ then a second shot went off – Anthony was only 20 feet away at the time.
Rybalkin and his friends began to run for the back door immediately, however he tripped in the panic and turned to see the shooter coming his way. That’s when he saw Mr Olson come up behind the shooter and tackle him. Two other members of staff, then jumped on the teen and held him down.
Mr Olson has been praised on twitter, and for good reason:
Picture of the commons after everything went down… pic.twitter.com/TZphjOfQtB
— Fateia (@samoanspam) April 27, 2015
Mr. Olson as well as any other staff member who helped keep the gunman apprehended til taken into custody is hero as of todayAdvertisementAdvertisement
— Hayles (@hayley_bakerrr) April 27, 2015
Mr Olson ay North Thurston High School in Lacy is the man! Hero.Advertisement
— Christopher Blohm (@cblohm) April 27, 2015
Olson hasn’t made any public appearances but released this statement through the district:
I would like to say how happy I am that everyone is safe after today’s incident. 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.
We will all group together as a staff and community, like we always do, and continue to put kids first!
Mr Olson deserves all the praise and recognition that comes his way, but this tweet from Tess very accurately sums up the collective thought online.
@komonews Tackling gunmen should not be one of a teacher's job requirements.
— NW Mama (@PhdTeresa) April 27, 2015