A physical education teacher from the state of Nevada took her own life into jeopardy as she attempted to stop a teen student from gunning down other students from the school is now known as a hero. Anybody who is a mother would have acted in the say way according to Jencie Fagan.
She told Good Morning America “I think anybody else would have done it. I look at the students as if they’re my own, and I’m sure the teachers at my daughte’s high school look at my daughter as if she’s their own.”
Among the halls of Pine Middle School gunshots rang in the air, three of them to be exact. Students ran for safety as quickly as they could but one brave teacher approached the gunman, James Newman who is only 14 years old.
As soon as I came to the doors of the cafeteria from the gym, he discharged the weapon once and I looked at what was going on.
According to police, the gunman was able to take three shots, one young boy was hit in his upper arm, another bullet ricocheted off of the cafeteria floor and hit a girl in the knee. Each of the sudents are in good condition following their injuries.
The gym teached talked Newman into letting go of the gun, she then hugged the gunman until fellow teachers came to aide in the situation.
Jencie Fagan said:
He tossed the gun down, and then I hugged him, and I told him I wouldn’t leave him.
Ron Donnelly, Reno Police Lt. says:
“She’s a hero in my book. She displayed uncommon courage and character. That’s not a natural reaction, to hear gunfire and walk toward that gunfire.”
The 14-year-old gumnan was taken on suspicion of attempting murder, he is still in jail and his bond is set at $150,000. He will be treated as an adult in the trial to come.
The gym teacher turned hero says that the shooting came as a total shock. She said:
We had no clue this might happen. I knew him pretty well. We had several conversations. He was even talking about joining the track team. He wasn’t a problem student, and he wasn’t an unhappy kid.
There were drawings found in Newman’s locker that showed that he had a plan to kill, along with writings.
We found stick drawings in his locker and James Newman had labeled one of the figures as himself and he has a gun and there were other figures lying on the ground. We also found a note, or a letter to kill himself, that essentially says ‘No one knows who I am now, but they will tomorrow.
Miss Fagan says that she felt terrible for the gunman but she was happy that none of the students were terribly harmed. She revealed that she was never in fear at any time during the situation.
I was just glad it was over, and no one was killed. And I was sad for him, because I know him. I care about my students immensly. I felt real emotion for him, and I knew at that point his life would never be the same again.