A bad guy who was high as a kite on narcotics tried to kidnap an 11-year-old girl from the Lincoln Elementary School playground during the school day in Ogden, Utah on Tuesday.
He grabbed her by the arm and tried to drag her off to undoubtedly do unspeakably horrific things to her and maybe even murder her. The bad guy was not the girl's dad or stepdad or uncle; police could not find any connection between the two. He was just a bad guy, high on narcotics, trying to kidnap a little girl while she was playing at recess.
So, why didn't he succeed? He didn't succeed because a teacher who saw what was happening possessed two things:
- A gun on his hip
And thank God he had both!
The teacher confronted the kidnapper as he was trying to get away with the girl and was able to free her. He then instructed the 19 students who were outside at recess to immediately go inside the school.
You would think that would be the end of the story, but no ... the bad guy pursued them and began bashing on the windows, trying to force his way inside, presumably to get the little girl, or another little girl, or maybe to attack the teacher who had thwarted his kidnapping attempt.
So what does the teacher Mr. Hero do? That's right, at this point he pulled out his trusty sidearm, pointed it at the bad guy, undoubtedly said something slick to help the bad guy understand that he would peel his cap back if he tried to attack the children, and proceeded to hold the scumbag at gunpoint until police arrived.
And THAT is how it's done, folks.
So ... what if this teacher didn't have a firearm? I'll tell you what. The bad guy would have smashed his way into the school, and the teacher would've had to fight him in hand-to-hand combat. Remember, the man was high as a kite and clearly a very bad dude. The teacher's ability to knuckle up with a narcotics-fueled psycho would've been the only thing standing between said psycho and 19 children. It could've ended very, very badly.
Luckily, that didn't have to happen. It didn't end very, very badly. Because even narcotics-fueled psychos usually know to give up when they see the business end of a .40 pointed at their vital organs.