Football Hero Rescues 22 From Armed Student on School Bus

Football Hero Rescues 22 From Armed Student on School Bus

Published September 4, 2009

Meet Kaleb Eulls. On Monday, he was the star quarterback at Yazoo County High School in Mississippi. Today, he is a national hero, a 6-4, 255-pound angel who wrestled a semi-automatic handgun from an angry, 14-year-old girl who was threatening children on a school bus.

Twenty-two children, 5 to 18 were on the bus to Linwood Elementary School, Yazoo County Junior High and Yazoo County High School when the girl pulled the gun from her bag and began yelling and pacing the aisle, threatening to shoot those who she said had been teasing her.

At one point, The Clarion Ledger newspaper reports, “the bus driver calmly called her up to the front and attempted to talk her down, but she returned to the middle of the bus and resumed shouting. Much of what she said is inaudible on the bus surveillance camera, except "don't talk to me," according to the Clarion Ledger.

"Things could've got real ugly and there would've been a lot of grieving families in Yazoo County right now," Yazoo County Sheriff Thomas Vaughan told CNN. "I'm just extremely glad this young man took the bull by horns and stopped a potentially deadly situation."

Eulls, widely recognized as one of best high school players in the state, has verbally committed to play for Mississippi State University after he graduates. He had been asleep on the bus until his younger sister woke him and told him a girl had a gun, Eulls told WLBT News.

"I just realized something had to be done, and it was just a lot of kids on the bus and [I] couldn't let anything happen to them," he said. "I tried to grab her attention, just keep her from pointing it at anyone else in the bus.”

In the flash of an eye, Eulls tackled the girl, snatched the .380-caliber gun from her and ran out the back door of the bus. On the footage, she can be seen running after him, according to the Clarion Ledger. The girl was immediately arrested and faces 22 counts of attempted aggravated assault, 22 counts of kidnapping and one count of possession of a firearm on school property because the bus is leased by the school district, Vaughan said.

Written by BET.com Staff

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