Science teacher Ryan Heber is the hero of Taft Union High School in California. Mr. Heber confronted the angry teenager after having shot & wounded his classmate and long time bully. It is because of this conversation that the 16 year old put down the gun and surrendered, allowing 28 other students to escape what could have been another American massacre.
"I don't want to shoot you," the teen gunman told Heber, who then proceded to convince the youngster to put down the high powered shot gun.
Besides the bully who is now undergoing surgery, two other students received minor injuries. One suffered hearing loss and the other fell over a table during the rushed evacuation.
Police say that the teen, whose name has not been made public because he is a minor, began plotting on Wednesday night to kill two students he felt had bullied him.
"Certainly he believed that the two people he targeted had bullied him, in his mind. Whether that occurred or not we don't know yet." A quote from police speculates the child's sanity, but as in many cases, this is probably not one of insanity. Bullying is a serious issue in this country and has caused multiple cases of school shootings, on all levels of education. The problem isn't availability of guns as much as it is about bullying of all kinds! Calling a student mentally disabled when they are not is just as bad as their fellow peers teasing them about their body. It's hits too close to home and drives some of the frailest students into complete disaster.