Skip to comments.School Shooting in Tennessee That National Media Did Not Report
Posted on 01/07/2013 2:30:19 PM PST by marktwain
The following incident happened at a high school only minutes from my home in East Tennessee. I am sure that no one outside of our immediate region has ever heard the story, because the only person who was shot-and killed-was the gunman. These types of stories dont fit the narrative of those who want gun-free zones and so are ignored by the national media. In this case an armed Security Resource Officer, Carolyn Gudger, became a local hero and saved an unknown number of lives by holding the gunman at bay until backup arrived. The text below is drawn from a local news website, Tricities.com. The story is not viewable on mobile devices, probably because it is so old. If you wish to view it on your PC, here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/ckqfcvf Security Resource Officer Carolyn Gudger
On Monday morning, August 30, 2010, Thomas Richard Cowan loaded 13 bullets into two handguns, left his German shepherd chained to the fence and drove eight miles from his home in Kingsport to Sullivan Central High School. Whatever his mission, it was the 62-year-old Vietnam veterans final drive. For about an hour, Cowans armed invasion spread panic throughout the school before a burst of officers gunfire brought him down. No others were injured.
No one knows why Cowan pointed his Honda in the direction of the Blountville, Tenn., high school, where his brother is a janitor. He is described in court records and interviews as a peculiar man with a history of erratic, sometimes criminal, behavior and a deep suspicion of the government. He parked his car Monday morning in a handicapped space just in front of the schools main entrance. Second period was just getting under way at 9:10 a.m. when Ashley Thacker, a junior, arrived at the main entrance of her high school. Thacker, 16, had been at a doctors appointment and was on her way to a music theory class as she approached the locked doors.
She noticed a man standing in the 10-foot waiting area between the two sets of doors, waiting to be buzzed in. His bald crown was framed with brown hair. He had a mustache, she remembered, and he was holding a cane. He told her to go on ahead of him. But she never made it through the doors. Instead, Melanie Riden, principal of Sullivan Central, came striding through the locked doors. He pulled out his gun and started pointing it at people, Thacker said. Cowan trained a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol at Ridens face, said Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson.
Carolyn Gudger, the school resource officer, drew her gun, then shielded the principals body with her own.
Thacker remembers Cowan shouting something possibly including the words 10 years but she isnt sure. She turned and ran out the set of public doors to the mulch pile in the front of the school, and hid behind bushes. He might shoot someone, Thacker remembered thinking. I just wanted to get out of there.
Riden fled and Gudger inched back into the school, leading Cowan through the scattered pastel chairs in the empty cafeteria. It was a tactical move, meant to lure the gunman into a more contained place, Anderson said. Sullivan County dispatch sent out a chilling alert: Man with a gun at Central High School.
Gudger told him to drop his weapon; he demanded she drop hers. Once, he tried, unsuccessfully, to lunge for her gun. Cowan repeated one thing only, Anderson said. That he wanted to pull the fire alarms. I dont know why, we can only speculate about that and I think everyone will speculate why he wanted to pull a fire alarm, Anderson said. Either to get the kids out of class or, I dont know. We dont know.
Flattened against the bushes, Ashley Thacker waited two minutes, she thinks. I didnt hear anything else, so I thought Officer Gudger had arrested him. She was wrong. As she approached the school, two assistant principals opened a window and yelled at her to run away. Crying and shaking, Thacker ran to her car and drove a half-mile to her parents business.
The view from the classroom
At about 9:15 a.m., a shaken voice came over the intercom. Code red. Lockdown. There was profanity in the background. This was no drill, students realized. With the announcement, teachers sprang into action locking doors and papering over windows, turning off the lights and closing window blinds. Students huddled in the corners of classrooms, sitting in the darkness and searching for information with a storm of text messages.
Casey Deel, a 17-year-old senior, was on his way to a doctors office when his girlfriend, Alicia Edwards, sent him a text at 9:15 a.m. Theres a code red lock down. im scared, the 16-year-old junior texted from her government class. r u serious? Deel texted back. He skipped his appointment. In Kayla Nichols cosmetology class, students squeezed into a storage room the size of a parking space, and locked the door, the 17-year-old said. Ryan Kendrick was in algebra class, just off the main office. The 17-year-old senior thought he heard the gunman making threats about not leaving the building alive and taking others with him and Gudger urging him to calm down.
Then he heard a volley of gunshots. Kendrick and his friend, Andrew Ray, began to pray. Landon Sillyman was in his honors biology class, where the teacher had instructed students to put their heads on their desks in the darkened classroom. The 14-year-old freshman estimated the suspense lasted about an hour. But it was all over in minutes, Anderson estimated.
One hundred and twenty seconds after Cowan drew his gun, two deputies, Lt. Steve Williams and Sam Matney, arrived. They entered through separate doors and met Cowan and Gudger still in a moving standoff as they reached a science pod behind the cafeteria. Cowan wavered; he jerked his gun from Gudger to the other deputies then back again. The three officers told him, again, to drop his weapon. He wouldnt. So they opened fire. Some students counted five shots, others counted six. Anderson would not say how many rounds hit the gunman.
Cowan fell to the ground, his shoes just feet from door to the library full of teenagers. The pistol in his hand had seven bullets in the magazine and another in the chamber. He had a second handgun in his back pocket, loaded with five rounds. Thats how close he was, Anderson said. We all know this could have been much more dangerous.
Yes, it could have been much worse. It could have been another national headline about multiple deaths, sparking a national outcry for stricter gun laws. But it wasnt. Why? Because the good people of Tennessee have enough sense to place armed officers inside of our schools to protect our children.
I shared it on Facebook, the link, lets see if it circulates there
Teacher's Unions: Dead kids are an acceptable price for the goal of keeping teachers disarmed.
BANG! Guns in school save lives.
That posted pic says 2010....
whats up with that?
If the teachers can't respond with like force, this is very similar to what the local school districts expect them to do in the presence of a shooter:
"...teachers sprang into action locking doors and papering over windows, turning off the lights and closing window blinds. Students huddled in the corners of classrooms"...
Will this deter a determined shooter?
That posted pic says 2010....
whats up with that?
“...On Monday morning, August 30, 2010, Thomas Richard Cowan loaded 13 bullets into two handguns, left his German shepherd chained to the fence...”
That’s what was on the YouTube video.
I didn’t hear about this incident in 2010, either.
I just looked at the posted date. heh
This posting proves everything that we have been saying. The media and the left don’t care about the kids! They just want an excuse to seize guns from honest law-abiding people.
This story was available to all the news outlets. They deliberately chose to suppress it. Intentionally. With full awareness.
They don’t want the perp killed. They want more killings of innocent kids so they can “justify” seizing guns from honest people.
I know what I just said. I’m right.
whats up with that?
You should read before responding. It often clarifies things you would otherwise be confused about.
That ‘School Resource Officer’ has guts and she did her duty. Commendable.
I’m an East Tennessean and remember this incident.
Because that’s when it happened?????
It is sad to think the Sandy Hook victims died due to being in a “gun free” zone. The blood of that slaughter is on the heads of those who seek and do criminalize self defense.
In her own words...