A teacher is being hailed as a hero after she took down a student gunman who opened fire in a high school cafeteria Wednesday morning in Illinois, wounding another student.
Angela McQueen, 40, a physical education teacher, tackled the student as he was shooting at Mattoon High School about 11:30 a.m. She was identified as the heroic teacher by WCIA-TV, the Nokomis Free Press-Progress newspaper and several members of the community.
The shooter, who has not been identified, was taken into custody at the scene and the victim was hospitalized, but is expected to survive, authorities said. He was “smiling, in stable condition, in good spirits and joked about catching some slack on his grades,” Larry Lilly, the superintendent of Mattoon schools said at a press conference.
“Lives were saved by the quick response of a teacher,” Police Chief Jeff Branson told reporters at a press conference. Branson said the teacher …