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Nobody was hurt when gunfire rang out Monday morning inside North Thurston High School in Lacey.
Courtney Schrieve, spokeswoman for the North Thurston School District, said a 16-year-old student fired at least one shot into the air, although some students said two shots were fired. Police believe the student had a revolver.
Lacey Police Cmdr. Jim Mack said the student was being held at the Lacey Police Station while a search warrant was served at his home. The student transferred from another school about a month ago, Mack said. His name was not released.
The student gunman was taken down by Advanced Placement government teacher Brady Olson. “He’s a very large guy; he’s a very popular teacher, and I can see him doing that,” Schrieve said
Olson declined to be interviewed Monday, but issued a statement through the school district:
“I would like to say how happy I am that everyone is safe after today’s incident. I would also like to take this opportunity to praise all the police agencies that were involved, especially our Student Resource Officer, (SRO) Ed McClanahan. All agencies responded quickly and acted with the utmost professionalism,” he said in the statement.
“Additionally, I would like to say thank you to an amazing staff here at North Thurston High School. From administrators to teachers, all reacted to a very intense situation with incredible tact and professionalism. No one, including myself, can prepare for a situation like this, so I’m very thankful that we’re all okay.
“As always, students come first, and today was no different. 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 gunfire rather than away. We will all group together as a staff and community, like we always do, and continue to put kids first.
“North Thurston High School’s staff handled this like every other staff in every city, in every state, across this country would. I’m incredibly proud to be a member of the bigger community of educators who teach and take care of our kids every day.”
Source Looks like the Resource Officer was in front when Olson snuck up behind him and tackled him. There were two other teachers moving toward the gunman as well. Standard firearm practice. Don't get someone else caught in the cross-fire.
"(The suspect) was very fortunate as the resource officer was prepared to use his firearm to protect students and staff at the school," Mack said. "Because of (the officer's) proximity to other kids in the area, he wasn't able to use his firearm. He was moving into position when the teacher tackled (the gunman)."
(same source as above) The teacher's statement was rather lengthy as it was. I'm surprised he said as much as he did and also wouldn't at all be surprised if he ran it through channels first.
The district had just been practicing safety drills and active shooter drills, and "it obviously paid off," she said, touting Olson as a good person.
School district spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve confirmed that the shooter was enrolled at the school and had transferred there about a month ago from Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines, Wash., but there was nothing in his files that would have triggered any concern.
originally posted by: japhrimu
a reply to: schuyler
Olson was also quoted (as seen above) as saying, "No one, including myself, can prepare for a situation like this..." That would have been an awesome place to credit the recent drill, especially if it were a prepared/approved statement.
Why the heck were other students still in the shooter's proximity?
How did Olson know what those other two faculty members did, unless he was with them, (I'm guessing from their close proximity, after the tackling) and if that's the case, how did he have time to sneak up behind him?
from this morning's Seattle Post Intelligencer
The boy told detectives "there were some issues in personal relationships," Lacey police Cmdr. Jim Mack told The Olympian newspaper. Asked if the shooting could have been an attempt at "suicide by cop," Mack said, "It definitely could have been."
A teen acquaintance said she recently got troubling texts from the boy.
Alexa Carpenter, 15, told KING-TV of Seattle she recently became friends with the boy, who seemed to be fitting in at a new school before he texted her last Friday, saying, "It does not matter anyway after tonight" and "I decided I need to go, it's my time."