It happened Wednesday at Sycamore Middle School. According to Sheriff Mike Breedlove, the 14-year-old approached school counselor Molly Hudgens after first period.
During the course of the conversation, the teen said he was having some “issues.” Hudgens then asked him if he had a gun based off statements he had made.
He responded yes, and said that he was going to kill some teachers and a police officer. The teen also indicated she would be the only person who could talk him out of it.
Hudgens then spoke with the teen for 45 minutes, ultimately diffusing the situation. “She was able to diffuse the whole situation before we even knew what was going on,” Sheriff Breedlove said.
“She did something that probably the most experienced law enforcement officer couldn’t do. It could have ended up tragically.”
Ms. Hudgens credited her training with giving her the tools to defuse the situation, which ended with the 14 year old taken into custody and charged with possession of a gun on school property and making threats.
But he is unharmed and not facing murder or attempted murder charges which could easily have been the outcome here.
Now just imagine if this were one of those school which had armed teachers walking the hallways.
Do we think that this young man would have been met with patience from a well trained professional who wanted to ensure the safety not just of the other students and faculty, but the boy himself, or would he have been met with a gun pointed at this chest by a poorly trained adult with his finger on the trigger?
This woman is a hero, and despite what we might hear from the conservatives our public schools are full of them.