A high school senior is being touted as a hero after he and two other boys jumped on one of the suspected gunmen at STEM School Highlands Ranch. When the boy’s father heard his son had stopped a school shooting, he wasn’t too surprised as the young man has future aspirations of becoming a part of the illustrious United States Marine Corps.
Brendan Bialy was sitting in his British literature class when two students came into class late. One of them pulled out a firearm that was concealed inside a guitar case. According to Nui Giasolli, another student who was in the class at the time of the shooting, the gunman caught everyone off guard.
“The next thing I know, he is pulling a gun and is telling nobody to move,” Giasolli told NBC News. She then recalled the moment that 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo was shot and killed by the gunman.
“That’s when Kendrick lunged at him, and he shot Kendrick,” Giasolli explained, “giving all of us enough time to get underneath our desks, to get ourselves safe, and to run across the room to escape.” Once Castillo was shot, Bialy and two of his friends rushed the gunman and tackled him to the ground, The New York Post reported.
Other students attended to Castillo’s wounds, but he passed away due to his injuries before paramedics could arrive. He was the only casualty, but eight others were injured.
Bialy’s family issued a statement through their lawyer. “We are deeply saddened for the victims, families, friends, and community on this tragic day,” the family said. “We’d like to commend the immediate response of law enforcement and assure all we are strong with the love of our families, community, friends, and everyone sending concern, wishes, and strength. We will persevere.”
Bialy’s father told numerous media outlets that his son plans to join the Marines after he graduates later this year.
The 8th District Marines commended the high school senior’s courageous actions. “Brendan’s courage and commitment to swiftly ending this tragic incident at the risk of his own safety is admirable and inspiring.”
The STEM School Highlands Ranch, which is located in Denver, Colorado, is the second school shooting in the past two weeks. On April 30th, 21-year-old Riley Howell sacrificed himself by tackling the gunman who opened fire on his classroom at the University of North Carolina.