Teacher tackled teen during Washington high school shooting

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LACEY, Wash. (AP) -- A government teacher is being hailed as a hero after tackling a 16-year-old student who fired two shots into the air Monday at a Washington state high school, police and students said.

No one was injured after the teen shot toward the ceiling in the school commons before classes began at North Thurston High School in Lacey, about 60 miles southwest of Seattle, authorities said. The shooter is in custody.

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Parents and students walk away from an area at North Thurston High School Monday, April 27, 2015, where students were released to their parents after a shooting at the school earlier in the morning. Police say no one was injured, and school district officials say the gunman has been apprehended by staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
School and other officials release students to parents at a gate at North Thurston High School Monday, April 27, 2015, after a shooting at the school earlier in the morning. Police say no one was injured, and school district officials say the gunman has been apprehended by staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
School and other officials check names and release students to parents at a gate at North Thurston High School Monday, April 27, 2015, after a shooting at the school earlier in the morning. Police say no one was injured, and school district officials say the gunman has been apprehended by staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Parents and students walk away from an area at North Thurston High School Monday, April 27, 2015, where students were released to their parents after a shooting at the school earlier in the morning. Police say no one was injured, and school district officials say the gunman has been apprehended by staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Parents wait to pick up students at North Thurston High School Monday, April 27, 2015, after a shooting at the school earlier in the morning. Police say no one was injured, and school district officials say the gunman has been apprehended by staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Parents and students walk away from an area at North Thurston High School Monday, April 27, 2015, where students were released to their parents after a shooting at the school earlier in the morning. Police say no one was injured, and school district officials say the gunman has been apprehended by staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Shooting at North Thurson HS in Lacey nobody hurt school staff took down the shooter # q13fox http://t.co/65lnzGyNDd
Today was the scariest day of my life. Mr. Olson has helped me with deep emotional struggles in the past, and has always been there for me. Now, he has saved more lives. He has saved many lives by simply being a person you can go to, and now he has saved people from a troubled soul. He's my hero. Today I saw the love of my fellow students. I received endless calls, made endless calls. This proved we will stick together no matter what. If ANYONE needs to talk, message me. Or if anyone at all needs a hug tomorrow, I'm here. #PrayForThurston #OlsonIsOurHero 💜
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Brady Olson, who teaches Advanced Placement government and civics, stopped the shooter, according to school officials and students.

"If anyone in the school were to do something like he did, I would think it would be him," said Teia Patan, 17, who saw the shooting but did not see Olson tackle the gunman. "He's one of those people who watch over kids."

Patan was swept into a classroom and then escorted out of the building after the shooting. He described his high school as a nice, calm school, with no bullying.

"When it was happening, I first thought it has to be fake," said Patan, a senior in one of Olson's civics classes.

District spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve told The News Tribune newspaper ( http://is.gd/2ufbmB ) that she also heard reports that Olson took down the gunman.

"He's a very large guy, he's a very popular teacher, and I can see him doing that," Schrieve said.

Patan said a friend of his reported talking to Olson after the shooting but didn't offer any more details.

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