Because one alert (and armed) teacher looked out the window at the right time, all 20 children in the schoolyard safely went home to their families that day.
The teacher spotted trouble. He had a firearm. He had a plan. And he was able to keep those children safe.
“An employee was watching the kids from the inside and observed the suspect walk up to this 11-year-old girl [on the playground] and put his hands on her in an attempt to take her,” said Lt. Brian Eynon of the Ogden City Police Department, according to ABC 4. “He ran outside, the employee did, and confronted the suspect. At that same time, the girl had the ability to pull away from the suspect.”
After thwarting the kidnapping, the teacher managed to get all 20 students inside the school, at which point the suspect approach the building and started hitting a window in an effort to force his way inside.
The teacher took out his firearm and held the suspect — later identified as 41-year-old Ira Cox-Berry — at gunpoint while calling 9-11 until police arrived. –AmericanMilitaryNews
The unnamed teacher, school, and student are in Utah, and police commended him for how faithfully he had followed both the law and school policies in his handling of this situation. The would-be kidnapper was reportedly under the influence of some sort of narcotic.
“This teacher, in particular, was very prepared emotionally to confront a suspect he didn’t know, that was most likely on drugs, could be dangerous, could have been armed, and he took it upon himself to protect and be a hero, frankly, for the children who are on scene there when this went down,” Lt. Eynon added. –AmericanMilitaryNews
The little girl was unharmed and is said to have been ‘coping quite well’ for someone who has gone through the sort of ordeal she faced.
Imagine how differently that day would have gone if that unnamed hero lacked either the will or the means to stop that situation from going down some dark roads?
It takes moments like that one to remind us that our coddled society is never quite as safe as we think we are, and the ‘toxic masculinity’ our culture has been trying to breed out of us is precisely the remedy needed to face dangerous situations, emergencies, or evil people with malicious intent.
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