Sycamore Middle School in Ashland City, Tennessee, could have been the site of our nation's most recent mass shooting tragedy. Except, it wasn't. And this is thanks to one courageous woman.
The unnamed potential shooter walked into the middle school last week with a handgun concealed in his waistband. He went straight to the school counselor Molly Hudgens' office. The student told her that he had a gun and a list of people who he was going to kill. He added that she would be the only person who could talk him down. Cheatham County Sheriff Michael Breedlove said:
He advised Ms. Hudgens he was going to kill some teachers and a police officer and not students. He came to her because he indicated she would be the only one to talk him out of it. She was an amazingly brave person to be in there that long with this young man. She was able to diffuse the whole situation.
Hudgens attempted to message and inform others of what was going on, to no avail, while she spoke with the student. Finally, she got a text message out, and police responded to the scene within minutes. Police retrieved the firearm and took the teen into custody. Not a single shot was fired.
She did something that even the most experienced law enforcement officer couldn't do and it may have ended up tragically. We're dealing with people with weapons every day. She was able to diffuse the whole situation before we even had knowledge of what was going on. I commend her for that. She was able to diffuse a potential deadly mass shooting. She single-handedly saved the lives of many people and should be recognized as a hero in our community.Hudgens is receiving praise and gratitude for her courage. She has mine, too.
H/T: Inside Edition, aol.