Teacher Talks Shooter into Surrender
A student opened fire in a classroom of 28 students.
According to reports, the male student — who at 16 is a juvenile and thus can’t be named by authorities — carried a 12-gauge shotgun and had pockets full of rounds. He injured one student with a shot aimed at another, but missed. Then the class’ teacher, Ryan Heber squared off with the student.
“I don’t want to shoot you,” he told the popular teacher, who was trying to “coax the teen into giving up the shotgun he still held.” Heber was joined by campus supervisor Kim Lee Fields who aided in convincing the student to surrender. Heber’s head had been slightly grazed by a stray pellet.
“This teacher and this counselor stood there face-to-face not knowing if he was going to shoot them,” County sheriff Donny Youngblood told press. “They probably expected the worst and hoped for the best, but they gave the students a chance to escape.”
The injured student was airlifted to hospital and is in a stable but critical condition. The former high school football player will receive surgery today.
According to reports, the 16-year-old shooter had felt bullied by his victim. “Certainly he believed the two people that he targeted had bullied him, in his mind,” Youngblood said.
There is usually an armed Taft Police Department officer on campus, but he was not there Thursday because he had been snowed in. (continued here)