Commend School Officials That Stood Up to Gunman in California

Target: Tom Torlakson, the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Goal: To commend the teachers who risked their lives for the lives of their students by standing up to a school gunman.

The heroic actions of teacher Ryan Heber and campus supervisor Kim Lee Fields at Taft Union High School must be recognized as lifesaving efforts. When a student entered the school on the morning of January 10 and opened fire on students who had bullied him, these individuals stood in front of the shooter and talked him into lowering his weapon. Reports coming out of the school indicate that the shooter’s pockets were filled with ammunition and his intent was to fire much more. The actions taken by these school officials undoubtedly saved the lives of many students. Thankfully, only one student was injured and that student remains in critical condition in a hospital near the school in California. Besides the one student who was shot, two other students were treated for minor injuries.

By engaging the shooter in a conversation and talking him into putting his gun down, Heber and Fields prevented a mass shooting much like ones seen in Aurora and Newtown. This adds another name to the list of schools that have suffered from shooting tragedies over the last year in America. The incident shows that the proposition of arming teachers is not necessary and that armed security guards at schools are not 100 percent effective in stopping school shootings, as the guard at this school was unable to stop the attack. It was only the heroic efforts of the school administrators that saved countless lives. Sign this petition to thank them for their heroic actions.


Dear Tom Torlakson,

The heroic actions of teacher Ryan Heber and campus supervisor Kim Lee Fields at Taft Union High School saved lives. By putting themselves in the way of the shooter, these school employees showed courage and compassion in the face of unimaginable danger.

Taft Union High School may have been added to the list of gun violence tragedies in America in the last year, but Heber and Fields’s selfless actions helped prevent further deaths. I urge you to publicly thank Kim Lee Fields and Ryan Heber for their service to our nation’s young people.


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  1. Janice Sprow says:

    I am glad they were able to talk the gunman down without anyone getting killed. This was a very brave thing to do. We need more trained security guards and/or couselors in schools who can work to prevent these type things form happening. In most cases there are warning signs long before it gets to this tragic point.

  2. Janice Sprow says:

    We need more programs in schools to help kids deal with various issues. They should be taught some anger management, conflict resolution, anti bullying, and learn to watch for signs of others becoming unstable . There should be counselors and security people that are well trained and that relate to the students on a regular basis— so that when there is a problem brewing — kids will feel comfortable turning to them for assistance — hoefully long before it becomes a potentially tragic situation.

    This type of program could also prevent more kids form ending up in gangs, in jail, commiting suicide, getting hlep form being abused, etc. Many children/people need help in establishing worthwhile goals and having support in being able to achieve them. * I think it is great that some schools are requiring students to do some type of community service work prior to graduating— More kids need to be steered into doing poitive things and knowing that they can make a difference too.

  3. WiZaRd Of The Wolf Nation says:

    My hat’s off to these brave heroes
    who deserve much credit where credit is due,
    when it comes to preventing another potential disaster!

    We need constructive activities for our young people
    to take part in to boost their self-esteem
    and mold them into better citizens and true
    leaders, thus preventing them from taking
    the destructive path in life.

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