Reedsburg student still in custody following shooting threat at Sept

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An Illinois teacher who took down a student gunman after he opened fire in the high school cafeteria ended a risky situation before it escalated to tragedy, authorities said.

The sophomore was one of the students who didn't return to the high school on Thursday.

The district excused absences for high school students.

When this happened, students were bused to Riddle Elementary School.

As a precaution, police confiscated all firearms from the house and surrendered them to law enforcement. Schools across the region reached out.




All other schools will have regular hours. "(Braeton) saw him shooting the gun, but he said he doesn't know who he is", Arthur said. "This, is Tornado Nation", referring to Taylorville's mascot.

Mattoon Police Department will be present at the high school in the coming days so families and students feel safe, Branson said.

"It's what people do to support one another", said Taylorville Superintendent Greggory Fuerstenau. After-school activities will continue Wednesday as scheduled unless an individual coach/sponsor communicates to students about alternative plans.

"Safety is the top priority of Georgetown County School District".

No other students were injured, but the school was placed on a soft lockdown and students were rerouted from the cafeteria. Police have not said what charges the student might face. Wickline praised the school's staff for helping tend to the frightened students, and the emergency responders who rushed to the scene.

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