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Hero teacher tackles student who fired shots in school

Brady Olson, a civics and government teacher, stopped the shooter, tackling him to the ground according to witnesses.

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A TEACHER IS being hailed as a hero after tackling a 16-year-old student who fired two shots into the air in a school.

The student fired the shots in the school commons of North Thurston High School in Lacey, Washington, about 60 miles south of Seattle.

Brady Olson, a civics and government teacher, stopped the shooter, tackling him to the ground according to witnesses.

“If anyone in the school were to do something like he did, I would think it would be him,” student Teia Patan, 17, told the Associated Press.

“He’s one of those people who watch over kids.”

Washington School Shooting Parents wait to pick up students at North Thurston High School. Source: Apexchange

Patan said he saw the shooting but did not see Olson tackle the gunman. He says the school was “nice and calm”.

District spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve told The News Tribune newspaper that she also heard reports that Olson took down the gunman.

“He’s a very large guy, he’s a very popular teacher, and I can see him doing that,” Schrieve said.

The teenager has been arrested.

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