Kidnapping at Elementary School Stopped by Armed Teacher

An armed teacher intervened after a man attempted to kidnap an elementary school child from the playground. The teacher fired no shots, the suspect is in custody, and the child is physically unharmed.

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Stories You May Not Hear About Elsewhere:

You may not have heard about this incident. Incidents involving the justified, life-saving use of firearms rarely gain attention in the media. I, for one, believe the media’s singular focus on portraying guns themselves as evil has hindered the advancement of focus on the root cause of violence. So, because of that, I want to share news stories involving gun owners who, by their actions, save lives.

Armed Teacher Intervienes:

This week, a KSL News in Ogden, Utah, reported on an incident at an elementary school. A man confronted children who were outside playing on the playground during recess. The man grabbed one of the children, an 11-year old by the arm. The child did not know the man, and it appears that the man randomly selected the child.

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A school teacher watching the children noticed the man grab the child, and it appeared he was trying to take the child against her will. The teacher confronted the man, pulled the child from his grasp, and told him to leave the school grounds. The teacher instructed all the children back inside the school.

The suspect, however, did not leave. The maniac began punching the windows in an attempt to break them and gain access to the school. The armed teacher had a concealed handgun. Only after displaying the handgun to the suspect did he stop trying to get into the school. At the same time, the teacher called 911, and officers arrived to take the lunatic into custody.

Police stated that:

He took it upon himself, to protect, and be a hero frankly, for the children on scene…

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The Armed Teacher and Utah Law:

The fact that this incident occurred in Utah is noteworthy. Utah was the first state in the country to specifically allow an armed teacher to carry a concealed handgun on school grounds. The armed teacher concept has always been controversial for politicians. However, since 2003, when Utah began allowing armed teachers in the classroom, there has been precisely one instance of negligence. It occurred in 2014 when a teacher accidentally discharged her firearm in the bathroom. She has the only one injured when the bullet struck the toilet. Here is a link to that incident.

No other state has given us more data on the effectiveness of allowing responsibly armed teachers on school grounds. On the contrary, we have seen the tragic results of schools where the only person armed is the criminal psychopath.

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Protect What is Most Valuable?

It does not take any particular degree to recognize that armed personnel is a necessary part of securing anything of extreme importance. Think of all the people and things that armed persons protect. Politicians, movie stars, athletes, money, jewelry, artwork are all protected by people that have firearms. Why should we not provide that same level of protection to children?

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  1. Jen Anderson on May 30, 2021 at 10:00 am

    That’s an amazing story, I wish more people understood the importance of guns when it comes to protecting our children. That’s why I carry! To keep my kids and myself safe from psychos like this.

  2. Ronald C Sklar on May 30, 2021 at 10:50 am

    The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun stop him.

    • Mike Heath on May 30, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      Howdy Mr. Sklar! I completely agree and support your comment about guns! In fact, I have been present when the presence of a gun in a good guy’s hand made the difference between life and death more than once. The police never knew of the incidents, no one got hurt, and the aggressors ceased being a threat! Oh, and I have a friend named Ron Sklar who I have done some shooting with over the years, and ironically he was one of my high school teachers! Have a great day! Molon Labe, Mike

  3. Robert Harrell on May 30, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Well done. Every school should be armed with responsible trained teachers that wish to conceal carry.
    Anybody that feels different should teach their kids at self home teach

  4. Jim Fleck on May 30, 2021 at 10:54 am

    It is great to see common sense in action.

  5. Richard C Godfrey on May 30, 2021 at 10:58 am

    I am all for some type of armed protection in schools and this is a great example of it working. And no shots fired which also proves you don’t always have to discharge a weapon.

    • Norm Todd on May 30, 2021 at 2:58 pm


  6. James W Best Jr on May 30, 2021 at 11:10 am

    You can bet, none of this will be repeated by the “lame stream press”.

  7. JMB on May 30, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    It goes to show if that people are going to trust their children with teachers for a large amount of time, that trusting them with a firearm is not much of a stretch. If I can’t trust them to be responsible with gun, how could I with a child.

  8. NavyDoc on May 30, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    What a wonderful result! That teacher is a HERO!

  9. Buddy V on May 30, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Mr Best you are right, that’s against their agenda.

  10. Otis Antoine on May 30, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Thank God For the teacher. I hate people who try to take and hurt kids

  11. Clark on May 31, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Nobody from either side is trying to take away concealed carry from law abiding citizens. You’re just a biased source riling up an uneducated audience.

  12. Ccanick on May 31, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Your factually wrong about negligent issues. There was one incident that occured in one of the school districts. It was a female teacher who was using the restroom. Her firearm was accidentily discharged in the restroom killing a toilet I think. This happened before school had started for the day. No students were on the campus. Other than that no issues.

    • Matthew Maruster on May 31, 2021 at 10:23 am

      thanks, CCanick, I found the 2014 incident you are referring to. I have updated the post to reflect that.

  13. Bob on May 31, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    That’s an awesome story only for one thing I didn’t really see that ever come up on TV news. I’m sure CNN didn’t carry it or any other left-wing televisions what a shame

  14. Dante Edwards on July 31, 2022 at 7:42 am

    Nice story. Any fact checking? Sad that we as a society have come back to the days if the old wild west….

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