Watch: Student Takes Down Gunman At School Shooting

Holly Smith·23 June 2016·3 min read
Watch: Student Takes Down Gunman At School Shooting

Two years ago, there was a horrific shooting at Seattle Pacific University. Recently, prosecutors released a video that shows one of the students in an act of pure heroism. The student runs out with pepper-spray and singlehandedly takes down the gunman. 

Since the incident took place, there was a long court battle between the police, the victim’s family and the press. The officials have now released this clip, which shows the moment that one student runs out and tackles the gunman. While we would all like to think that we’d step-up in a situation like this one, it takes a whole lot of guts to actually take control and risk your own life to save others.

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The gunman was later identified as Aaron Ybarr. On 5th June 2014, he stormed the school and fatally shot one of the female students there. Next, he stopped to reload his gun, giving someone the chance to tackle him. During this fleeting moment, Jon Meis, a student safety monitor, took action. 

First, Jon uses the pepper spray on Aaron and then he tackles him to the floor. He then takes the shotgun from his hands. His actions saved the lives of many students that day, and he has since been hailed as a real life hero.

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In a statement, the university officials said, “Seattle Pacific University remains strong and resilient as a result of God’s faithfulness to us. Our foremost concern continues to be the welfare and safety of not only our students, faculty, and staff, but of the victims and witnesses of the tragedy.”

Watch the clip here: