August 25, 2009

GOING TOWARDS THE NOISE:

Hero Teacher Halted ‘Columbine-Style’ Attack (KTVU, August 25, 2009)

Hillsdale High teacher Kennet Santana admitted Tuesday he was merely reacting to the chaos around him when he tackled and subdued a former student, who had entered the school armed with 10 pipe bombs, a sword and a chainsaw.

Santana’s actions were being praised Tuesday for preventing a ‘Columbine-Style’ massacre at the San Mateo high school attended by more than 1,000 students.

He told KTVU that his Monday had a pretty normal start. It was around 8 a.m. and he had just checked in at the school office when the events began to unfold.

“I was on my way to make some copies,” he told KTVU. “I heard the first bang --- it sounded more like a crash to me. So that slowed me down. The second bang came right after that. There was a rush of students and teachers going away from the noise.”

What Santana did not know at the time was the noise was two pipe bombs exploding in a hallway. Fortunately, no one was injured by the blasts and instead of joining the exodus out of school, Santana decided to go toward the noise.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 25, 2009 3:16 PM
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