By: Konrad Holden
Last week in Ogden, Utah, a teacher stopped an attempted kidnapping and protected his classroom with a pistol (permitted on school premises under Utah law). Police say the teacher likely saved the child’s life.
In 2003, Utah passed concealed carry legislation allowing permit holders to carry on school premises. This makes it possible for teachers to carry on the job, and it paid off just last week in one Utah school district.
In the little town of Ogden, a 41-year-old man who was high on narcotics tried to kidnap an 11-year-old girl from the playground of Lincoln Elementary School.
When the teacher on duty noticed the man approaching the girl, he jumped into action. After confronting the man, the teacher got the girl and 19 other students back inside. The suspect then began punching the window, trying to bust his way into the school.
At this point, the unnamed teacher produced his lawfully possessed firearm and kept the attacker at bay while police were en route. The police arrived on scene and apprehended the man after a brief skirmish.
Lt. Brian Eynon of the Ogden Police Department had high praise for the armed teacher: “In this case, it is likely that a life was saved or injury to a life was prevented due to the actions of this heroic employee.”
The school is standing behind the hero as well: “A teacher intervened when there was a situation that threatened students’ safety. This teacher, this school employee, is a hero. We don’t disagree with that at all,” said Jer Bates, a representative of the district.
“Yes, it was a very scary situation, something we take very seriously, but it came out with a good ending.” - Jer Bates, Ogden School District
“This employee is protected under the Second Amendment. He followed all policy and procedure at the school, and in this particular case, did everything that he should have done to protect the innocent lives of the children at the school.” - Lt. Brian Eynon, Ogden Police Department