On a Tuesday morning in March of 2006, another school tragedy almost occurred in Nevada when a 14-year-old student walked into Pine Middle School, pulled out his parents' .38 pistol and opened fire. But this wouldn't be another Columbine -- nobody was seriously harmed, thanks to one teacher's ballsy-to-the-point-of-insanity actions.
NOTE: We do NOT recommend that you do this if confronted by a mass shooter. If we saw this in a made-for-TV movie on the Lifetime channel, we'd scream bullshit, so we're thinking that this is the sort of thing that only works once.
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The young man squeezed off three shots, hitting one boy in the arm and striking a young girl with a ricochet (both victims recovered), before one teacher, Jencie Fagan, walked right up to him, put her arms around him in a hug and told him she wouldn't leave him. He dropped the gun, and Fagan held him firmly against her until other teachers arrived to help.
Fagan later said that she believed that anyone else would've done the same, saying, "I look at the students as if they're my own." We're not sure we agree with her assessment that "anyone" would hear the sound of gunshots and immediately walk toward the gunfire with designs on hugging whoever was doing the shooting, unless they were driving a giant armored mech suit at the time.