A [troubled] young man in a black trench coat, his hair spiked into thorns, walked into Red Lake Senior High in northern Minnesota [on 21MAR2005] carrying three guns. Jeff Weise shot and killed eight people and wounded seven more in the deadliest school shooting since Columbine.
[After watching several of his classmates gunned down], Sophomore Jeff May (apparently a descendant of the Ojibwa tribe -- called the Chippewa in Red Lake), armed only with the pencil he'd used for algebra, ran at the gunman and jabbed him hard in the side, but a bullet proof vest blocked it. The two struggled; May was shot in the face. The bullet fractured his jaw [requiring months of rehabiliation]. But, his heroic actions bought some precious time. The police showed up, exchanging gunfire with Weise, who then killed himself.
The SEP2005 Reader's Digest article gives the details.
Neither a long 08AUG2005 Salon article about the shooting, nor a 24MAR2005 article two days after the shooting mention May's name nor his heroic action. Boortz contends it didn't fit their political agenda.
Jeff May was named Reader's Digest Hero of the Year.
From the 07APR2006 RD article: "Today, Jeff is back at school, but his left side is still partially paralyzed. He speaks and walks slowly, and he can no longer shoot hoops, something he loved to do with his friends on the reservation where he lives."
God bless him!
Boortz took a lot of heat for questioning why the VT students didn't charge the gunman [and has since apologized for how he went about it.] He's found this example [not widely published by the MSM] to show heroic actions can save lives. It doesn't even require the joint effort of everyone in the room. It just takes a hero, who is willing to risk his life for the lives of others.