Teen who tackled Colorado school shooter plans to join the Marines

May 08, 2019 - 8:51 am

One of the high school students who tackled a gunman at a Colorado school shooting Tuesday is planning to become a Marine.

Brendan Bialy, a senior at the school, was one of several classmates who jumped one of the gunmen at STEM School Highlands Ranch, according to NBC News, disarming the shooter.

Other students say that Bialy's and the other teens' actions were heroic. Student Nui Giasolli said during an interview Wednesday on "Today," that it gave "all of us enough time to get underneath our desks, to get ourselves safe, and to run across the room to escape."

We out here straight conducting our Oath of Enlistment for the United States Marine Corps. One step closer, fellas. ----

A post shared by Brendan Bialy (@brendan_bialy) on

Bialy is planning to join the Marine Corps after graduating, his father Brad tells NBC News.

This is the second school shooting in just a week where the gunman was tackled by a student with dreams of joining the military. Last week at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Riley Howell, 21, tackled the shooter. He died in the scuffle, but local police hailed Howell as a hero, saying that his actions gave law enforcement more time to confront the gunman.

Howell was an ROTC student who was buried with full military honors.

Related: Student who charged gunman remembered as a hero

The shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch happened just miles from Columbine High School, raising questions about whether it was inspired by the 1999 massacre, but the answer was not immediately clear.

Douglas County sheriff's officials said Devon Erickson, 18, and a younger student walked into STEM School Highlands Ranch through an entrance without metal detectors and opened fire with two handguns on students in two classrooms.

"We're going to hear about very heroic things that have taken place at the school," Sheriff Tony Spurlock said.

Want to get more connected to the great stories and resources Connecting Vets has to offer? Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Comments ()