Teacher Stops Gunman At North Thurston High School

By on April 27, 2015
Teacher Stops Gunman At North Thurston High School

Teacher Stops Gunman At North Thurston High School

Teacher Stops Gunman At North Thurston High School

A school teacher at North Thurston High School tackled a gunman Monday morning before anybody was injured, according to a statement released by authorities.

The suspected shooter, a teenage boy and student of the school, opened fire at North Thurston High School before he was apprehended by Lacey City police at around 8 a.m. PST, police posted on Twitter.

The shooter started firing into the air at 7:30 a.m. in a common area of the school, witnesses and police told NBC News affiliate KING5. Witnesses told the station that a teacher then tackled the teen.

“I think it’s heroic. … People rise to the occasion when they need to do something. I think, in this case, it probably prevented worse things from happening,” Lacey Police Commander Chris Ward told the station.

North Thurston High School classes and after-school activities were canceled for the remainder of the day, and parents were asked to pick up students at the school’s football stadium, according to a statement on the school’s website.

A school spokesman said police were interviewing the suspect/student.

North Thurston High School is 60 miles south of Seattle. It has about 1,400 students and 130 faculty and staff.