Teacher Hailed As Hero For Disarming New Mexico School Shooter

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John Masterson, a social studies teacher, is credited with talking a 12-year-old suspect into putting down his firearm during a shooting at a middle school in Roswell, New Mexico.

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez told reporters that the teacher had been facing away from the shooter. But, after shots were fired, the teacher turned to face the suspect and began talking him down.

15 comments
carolo43
carolo43

The teacher may be a hero but the parents sure are not.   When will the adults in the household learn to keep their guns locked up?   Like all the shootings in Chicago, how do all these kids carry guns and mom and dad seem to know nothing about it?  My kids did not even have a dirty magazine without me knowing about it.

DarwinAkbar
DarwinAkbar

The NRA: Had the 11- and 13-year-old victims been carrying guns at the time, they could have shot the 12-year-old first. What is needed is legislation allowing all children to carry concealed weapons while at school. You just never know when they might have to use them.

DouglasHines
DouglasHines

So a good guy having a gun isn't the ONLY way of stopping a bad guy with a gun.  It turns out that you don't always have to shoot someone to stop them from shooting others.  I had a feeling that the NRA was lying to us.  Now I know.

InisMagrath
InisMagrath

The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good teacher with words.

wojphoto
wojphoto

Those "Hero" teachers need to get paid more than non "Hero" teachers.

alanudi
alanudi

Nice Job!!! Maybe now we can find out why the kid did something so insane!

whatev1205
whatev1205

Yeah and if the teacher had a gun he could have saved taxpayers a trial. 

billpeck
billpeck

Send the parents to jail and the kid to reform school; send the guns to the NRA with a note thanking them for their contribution to making sure guns are available t everyone, especially kids.

TonySantamaria
TonySantamaria

@wojphotoAll teachers are heroes. They come to work with students who often don't care about learning in the least bit, they motivate, and inspire, they work late at night to grade papers, they get up early and get to school early and leave sometimes long after school is out. And their salary is nothing close to any police or firefighter salary even though they are doing much more important work.


DouglasHines
DouglasHines

@whatev1205 Yeah! That's it.  Let's kill the misguided 12 year old kid.  That's the solution to everything it seems.


fstephens43
fstephens43

@billpeck Mr. Peck, I grew up in a home filled with guns and a city where nearly everyone also had a home filled with guns. My fathers belief was that an unloaded gun was useless so all of our guns were loaded at all times. My friends and I would take our rifles to school because after school we went rabbit hunting. I, nor any of my friends, ever shot a fellow student or a teacher. So you tell me -- what's wrong with kids today that they feel compelled to kill one another????

craigslistrr
craigslistrr

@billpeck or send the guns to me... i was thinking adding a 20 gauge to my collection

Disgusted51
Disgusted51

@TonySantamaria@wojphotoI don't know where you live but as a substitute teacher that is not what I see. I see students eager to learn and teachers whom are either fed up with teaching or disregard the students questions due to the strain of maintaining requirements dictated by Common Core. As for working late well let's just say that many are hardly working and complaining when they do. Often many are out of the door before I am and my salary is next to nothing.  This being said yes all teachers should receive higher wage since they are in the care and education of our future generations and a higher wage could produce better teachers.  

Yes there are students who don't care but unfortunately in our new reality we also have teachers who also do not care. Let's try to remain clear and not take an all or nothing attitude.

wojphoto
wojphoto

@TonySantamaria

$87,000 a year to teach kindergarten?  $65,000 a year pensions at age 55? 

and they could make as much as police and fire if they worked the overtime those people do. 

But they only work 180 days a year.  


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