Two Heroes Stopped a School Shooting, But No One Heard About It

July 13, 2018

On Friday, April 20, 2018, a gunman was inside a school in Ocala, Florida. 19-year-old Sky Bouche, a former student at Forest High School, brought in a sawed-off shotgun and stashed it away in his guitar case.

The shooting started at 8:39 a.m. Friday morning, according to CBS News.

Once Bouche was inside the school's bathroom, he began putting on a tactical vest and gloves, according to The Washington Post.

Bouche was equipped and eager to start his killing spree. He left the bathroom with his sawed-off shotgun and approached a classroom. Fortunately, the door was locked. He took his gun and shot at the door anyway.

One 17-year-old male student was injured in the ankle from the shrapnel.

The gunman dropped his weapon and took off as the school was now in "code red." Bouche tried to blend in with the student body, but a teacher confronted him.

Kelly McManis-Panasuk noticed Bouche and asked if he had shot the gun. She is a true hero for approaching him. He said that he did. At the same time, the School Resource Officer Deputy James Long was rushing towards the gunfire and noticed McManis-Panasuk with Bouche. Long had Bouche in custody at 8:42 a.m.

McManis-Panasuk said that Bouche told her that he was mentally ill and wanted to be arrested. According to Fox News, he said "he had been abused by his family his whole life, and he was done.”

According to Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods, Deputy Long did not hesitate to run towards the gunfire. He is a true hero as well.

"He went right in," Sheriff Woods said.

When Bouche was 14 years old, he had gone through a mental health evaluation, and officials believed he was a threat to himself or others. The shotgun was purchased through a private party.

On Saturday, Bouche had his first court appearance and was charged with terrorism, aggravated assault with a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, culpable negligence, possession of a firearm on school property, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, interference in school property, and armed trespass on school property, according to Ocala Star Banner.

Bouche is held without bond, and his next court date will be on May 22.

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