‘Very brave’ teacher credited with stopping shooter at North Thurston High School

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LACEY, Washington -- A popular teacher at North Thurston High school is being credited with stopping an active shooter on campus Monday morning.

Lacey Police said the shooter had been taken into custody and no one was injured.

Students told Q13 FOX News the staff member who halted the shooting before it could escalate was Mr. Brady Olson.

School district spokesperson Courtney Schrieve confirmed that Olson was the staffer involved.

"He is a very brave man who probably saved a lot of people today," said Schrieve.

Olson released a statement through the district saying in part:

 I reacted in a way that any other teacher would react and at the sound of a gunshot had three other adults, including Tim Brown, Dean of Students, Principal Steve Rood, and Security Officer, Jim Beltico, going toward the sound of gun fire rather than away.

Student Rodolfo Ruedas told Q13 FOX News said he was preparing for a normal Monday morning when he heard people shouting about someone having a gun.

"Everybody was scared," said Rudeas who said he took off running.

Rudeas said as he ran by the school's commons area he saw Olson and the school resource officer holding down someone on the floor.  Rudeas said he believed that person to be the shooter.

According to the North Thurston High School website Olson has taught at NTHS for roughly a decade and was at Black Hills High School in Tumwater for 8 years before that.

“I have taught a variety of classes from Sociology to Special Education US History but currently teach AP Government and Politics and Senior Civics,” wrote Olson.

"A lot of people idolized him as a good teacher and a good person," said Rudeas.

Parent Stefanie Golden

Parent Stefanie Golden

“He’s a hero for sure,” said Stefanie Golden.  "I think he did what he needed to do. He potentially saved lives. For that he’s amazing.”


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  • J101

    Glad no one was hurt.

    Maybe Q13 could take a clue from the three tweets they posted as part of this story and spell Mr. Olson’s last name correctly?

  • Ingrid in Lynnwood

    Words cannot express the bravery that Mr. Olson displayed…..we can only hope and pray that teachers across the country continue to receive emergency preparedness training. Mr. Olson, you are a hero to not only the thousands of students there, but to children and families across Puget Sound and beyond. Thank you so much.

  • Tim

    Good job!! I beg to differ with what Mr. Olson on one point….very few people would have the stones to do what he did. It takes a special kind of selflessness to do that, and too many people these days have lost that. Makes what he did even more amazing!!

  • Verne Glassman

    Thank God for brave good people who feel saving lives is worth risking their own. You never know how you will react in such a situation until actually faced with the read event. A hero is a person who does’t hesitate when faced with a dangerous situation and its their timely action that saves lives.

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