A West Virginia high school teacher was acclaimed as hero after defending pupils from armed teenager on Tuesday afternoon. 29 students have been held hostage, but no one was injured due to the teacher’s abilities of calming the armed student down, police have stated.
Police authorities received a phone call on Tuesday from the Phillip Barbour High School claiming a student was threatening to kill his classmates. At first, authorities did not take the phone call seriously, but they realized it was all true when they got to the scene.
According to witnesses’ declarations, a 14-year-old boy terrorized his class mates by pulling his gun out and threatening to kill everyone in the room. There were 29 students in the classroom, including their high school teacher.
The high school students that were held hostage initially thought that the boy is joking, but they immediately realized that the danger was imminent when they saw the boy’s gun. Fortunately, their teacher has good negotiating skills and managed to talk the boy out of his killing intentions.
The high school teacher did not allow other students to enter or leave the class. She put additional efforts into calming the 14-year-old boy and thus, managed to hold him back until investigators came and arrested him. The boy was taken to the nearest hospital where he underwent medical tests to determine his mental sanity.
Barbour County Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Woofter told the press that the teacher should be acclaimed as a hero due to the efforts she has made to keep the situation under control. He assumed that the teacher went through horrific moments trying to calm the armed teenager and her students, who were visibly scared.
The West Virginia High School Superintendent concluded his declaration by saying that the police officers did a remarkably good job preventing the boy from killing someone in the classroom.
West Virginia High School is located in a small rural region called Philippi at approximately 100 miles from East of Parkersburg.
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