Just before 7:30 a.m. Monday morning, a student opened fire at North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington. The unidentified gunman fired only two shots in the air before he was tackled by history teacher Brady Olson.
Before news spread about the gunman’s apprehension, students sent terrified texts to their loved ones. One student wrote to their mother: “Mom we hiding right now but there is a kid at school with a gun there’s were a few shots and we’re all okay we’re all hiding mom I don’t want to stay here when this is all over can you come and get me don’t let Luis go to school. This is not a joke this is all serious.”
"He was never rude to anyone," student Natalia Greene told King 5. "He was very social in class. I never noticed any bullying in our class. He wasn't a quiet kid. He didn't wear all black like he did today."
Olson brushed off the praise he received, saying in statement released through the school district: “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.”