Anyway, I prevented a shooting from occurring at the end of my senior year of high school.
And in the process, I turned in someone who had — up until that point, anyway — been my boyfriend. In front of his best friend and me, he said that he wanted to bring his father’s gun to school (quoting the make and model) and “shoot the freshman class up because they annoyed him”. Not expecting him to say something like this at all, I turned him in to the front office as soon as I could. However, I practically had to beg them to investigate, because they initially weren’t going to… not until I provided them the name of his best friend, they questioned him, he backed up everything that I had told them and had echoed the same concerns that I had voiced. Then and only then did they begin to investigate my claims. They started by investigating his home, and that was when they found out that his father owned the exact make and model gun that I told the front office he owned. This made my story a lot more credible, and raised the risk that he would follow through on his threat by a lot — he had even gone so far as to state that he intended on doing it at the end of the school year, which was also something that I told our school because he specified a time.
I didn’t know until the investigation had already concluded that his parents had to be compelled to cooperate with the investigation for as little of it as they did, and that they actively thwarted it incredibly early on into it by withdrawing their son as a student with the intent to homeschool him from that point forward “so that (this) didn’t go on his permanent record and ruin his life”. After the investigation had concluded, the principal called me into her office to personally thank me for turning him in, stating that my actions had prevented what they thought was almost a surety of a shooting. She also told me that, along with the rest of what I’m writing about, our school had more thoroughly investigated his transfer in from his previous school — which was overseas — because he did not transfer in at the grade that his age would have had him at, come to find out that he had repeatedly been held back for behavioral reasons, and that because this school was in another country they were permitted to refuse to advance him up in grade purely for this reason. For some reason, this got lost in the oversight that was the paper-pushing mill of him transferring in and our school did not think to question it as heavily as they should have, which our (my?) principal admitted to me. They just took it at face value and accepted him into the grade that his former school stated he was, well, to be in…
But yeah, that was how I was put in the position to where I had to prevent a school shooting as a senior.