Angela McQueen is a hero in her own right! The shy math and P.E teacher saved a whole cafeteria-full of children at Mattoon High School in Illinois from what would have been a horrific crime scene. On September 20, 2017, just after 11:30 a.m, an unnamed student walked into the school’s cafeteria and opened fire.
When Angela McQueen saw the student raising a gun, she says only one thought came to mind, “You’re not going to do this to my kids.”
The usually shy and reserved teacher quickly rushed over and tackled the shooter. The boy continued to fire shots as McQueen tried to disarm him, she said.
“I sprang into action because I looked over and I saw a student pull a gun out and he was aiming it at students to his right. I immediately lunged at the gun and I got the gun up in the air as quick as I could, as fast as I could because I didn’t want him to hit the students.” McQueen recalled.
Mcqueen managed to hold down the gunman until more help arrived and the shooter was taken into custody.
The police said the gunman was a student but his identity was being withheld since he was a minor.
Unfortunately, a 16-year-old student was shot but was later released from the hospital. A second student was also struck by two gunshots but survived.
Police say Angela McQueen’s quick response saved lives. “If that teacher had not responded as quickly as they had, I think the situation would’ve been a lot different,” said Mattoon police chief Jeff Branson.
Even after overwhelming the shooter, Anna Morton, a student, watched as McQueen continued checking on others. “She was walking around and making sure everything was OK. And I went up and gave her a hug and thanked her because she could have — that could have been a lot worse and she made it to where it wasn’t.” Morton said.
In a statement, Superintendent Larry Lilly said, “We are forever grateful to Angela for her courageous actions that saved the lives of our kids. She was a ray of light in our darkest hour.”
It takes a whole lot of bravery to put yourself in danger to save the lives of many innocent kids. Angela McQueen is in deed a very brave and selfless hero. God Bless you Angela.