The security guard killed at Red Lake last week, Derrick Brun, apparently tried his best to delay Jeff Wiese.
Brun, a former Red Lake police officer, was certainly qualified to carry a firearm. But he couldn't; federal law prohibits guns within 1000 feet of schools, except when carried by law enforcement - which Brun was not, at the time of the massacre.
So the only weapon he had with which to face Wiese was his size and his personality. It was apparently enough to delay Wiese for a bit, perhaps saving lives. But it cost Brun's life.
The Strib has the story:
A security guard who survived the shootings at Red Lake High School described a frenzied scramble to warn students and credited a fellow security guard with saving lives at the cost of his own.Wiese fired two rounds from his shotgun into the air, then came through the door as Ms. Grant ran to pass the word:
In an interview Wednesday, surviving guard LeeAnn Grant said co-worker Derrick Brun ignored her pleas to run and instead rose from his desk to confront Jeff Weise, the 16-year-old shooter.
"Derrick saved my life," Grant said. "He didn't even look scared. He didn't look worried. He knew what he was going to do."
Grant's wasn't the first eyewitness account of the shootings Monday. But it was among the most vivid, and it gave the first picture of Brun's heroism.
Grant said that she and Brun, 28, were working at the school doors that day, as usual. Three of the four doors were locked; the unlocked door funneled students through a metal detector.
"He walked in and fired another shot, and I was telling Derrick, 'Come on, let's go, let's go, Derrick, run, we need to save these kids, we need to do something.' And I radioed in ... 'There's a guy coming in the school and he's shooting and he has a gun.'So - all the guns within 1000 feet of the school were in the hands of a kid bent on murder and suicide.
"Derrick just sat there at his desk. ... He didn't look scared. He didn't look surprised. ... He just kept staring at Jeff. I kept hollering for him to come with me. He wouldn't come, he just stayed there."
The noise drew some students toward the front doors, Grant said. "I start yelling at them, 'Run! There's a guy with a gun here! Just run!' And then I took off to try to protect them," she said. "I turned back a little bit, and you could see Derrick kind of getting up, going right toward Jeff. And then I heard two shots again."
Other witness accounts indicate that's when Brun was killed.
Is this what the gun controllers really wanted?
By the way, I've always wondered about this:
Once alerted of trouble, teachers locked the classroom doors, as they were trained, Grant said.This strikes me as akin to the pre-9/11 advice for dealing with hijackers; don't fight, you'll make 'em angry.
In an era where too many school shooters think school is a roach hotel - they'll check in, but they have no intention of checking out - is it really a good idea to keep the prey locked in with the predator?Posted by Mitch at March 24, 2005 12:08 PM | TrackBack