On Thursday morning, Indiana 14-year-old Brandon Clegg headed to a middle school close to his home armed with a gun.

But his mother, Mary York, acted quickly.

She contacted police to warn them of “imminent danger” and that her son was on his way to likely commit a shooting at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, according to WTHR.

Now, authorities say she “likely prevented a lot of lost lives.”

Clegg arrived at the school around 8 a.m. and was immediately confronted by police.

He couldn’t get inside because the school went into lockdown after his mother’s call. That’s when he shot a glass door in an effort to evade officers.

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There was a shootout between Clegg and police, but the teen soon turned the gun on himself — taking his own life, ABC News reports.

Thankfully, no children in the school were hurt.

And on Sunday, the town held a vigil for the fallen, would-be shooter’s family.

Their reason? To help the mother that helped save so many children. Event organizer Shawn Wright told WTHR:

“She’s a human. She’s a mother. She lost her child. We wanted to bring her to let her know that she is supported too because at the end of the day she did a lot. She saved a lot of lives.”

York appeared emotional at the vigil, often shedding tears.

Police said the mother’s brave actions allowed “the school was able to follow procedure to help protect students.”

The family said they were shocked by the 14-year-old’s actions. They knew he was bullied at school, but said that was no excuse.

His cousin, Thomas York, said:

“It destroys me to think that a kid would have to go and show his anger at a school and that he would go as far as shooting at people or towards people and had that hate in his head that no one cared for him or no one was there for him. It sucks.”

Students will return to the middle school on Tuesday.

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13 Replies to “Mom Triggers School Lockdown by Calling Police on Son. They Say She Prevented a ‘Lot of Lost Lives’”

  • Sandra 2 years ago

    I think the education department all over the world should step up and address duty of care in other words do what’s right and help these poor kids who are being bullied it is sickening to think how desperate these poor kids are and feel there is no one to help them and take their own life which in turn destroys the whole family.
    What this mother did was amazing and would have been the hardest thing she has ever had to do and hopefully in time she will see her actions saved many innocent lives.

  • Suzi Cherone 2 years ago

    I agree too, so many kids are bullied at school and no one does anything about it. These are children who are hurting and don’t know how to process those feelings! They are kids! Schools need to be more disciplined and teachers need to open their eyes!

    I was bullied at school and to this day still remember all the hurtful things that happened to me. It sucks and it doesnt help build any self confidence. I feel so sorry for this little guy. Not that he was going to shoot kids but because he didn’t see a way out of this pain. God Bless him and his Mother

  • Charles O. McVey 2 years ago

    My Grand daughter was bullied at the Middle School she attended, and it got so bad that she thought of suicide. We had her admitted to a psych hospital for help, and I actually read the riot act to the schools Vice Principal as well as the Student advisor. She is doing much better in High School, and yes I did lay down the law to the Vice Principal as well as the Student Guidance Counselor letting them know that I was not about to let this start up again. Some times parents have to step in and get in the face of the teachers and staff in our education system and make them know that Bulling will not be tolerated, even to the point of taking someone to Court if necessary.

  • trebor hcirdla 2 years ago

    I feel sorry for the kid. He must have been in so much pain to be driven to such desperation by a bunch of punks who think they can bully someone without consequences. I wish he had had a chance to beat on a couple of these kids. I blame them for the situation and his death. May their souls burn in hell!

  • Deb 2 years ago

    Children have no reasonable way to cope with bullying. Parents along with school administrators turn a blind eye without addressing for the child? Step up and get your lazy asses down to the school. Force a situation and conversation until YOU the parent see the desired result. How in hell is that child to do what you as an adult refuse to do? You hide your heads in the sand and then wonder while children deal with things the only way they know how..by ending the situation quickly…suicide or confrontation by force they can muster? You teach them to be passive, listen to their elders, etc and then pretend your work is done??!!! Never until YOU die is your work on behalf of your children done!!!

  • Martha Davis 2 years ago

    My grandson was bullied relentlessly in middle school. It seems that I was constantly at school complaining to teachers,principals,etc. Whenit was to point that his prized hat was urinated on and thrown in a toilet,I took to another level. I consulted a lawyer and made it knownthat we were sueing not only the school, but also the board. At that point, they called a face to face meeting and was “so suprised” this was happening. After the meeting and them fully ” understanding my concern” and intentions,the bullying stopped as if a blanket had fallen on the school! Stand up for your kids!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I do feel bad for this young man, that he felt the need to waste his entire life, in this way. Unfortunately in the same breath, that in a way it is the school and parents fault. If the kids weren’t babied , and coddled so much, so they could get a little thicker skin. Yes school fights are a BAD thing, but back when I was in school, as well as my parents and grandparents. There has always been school fights, some worse than others, but for the most part, the bully, and the bullied kid fought it out, (and it was all the better if it were just the 2 of them, not their friends.) That a good 85-90% of the time, the problem was over. I firmly believe if schools would lighten up on the bullying policies and let kids deal with it on their own, that it would squash the majority of the problems. I mean damn back in the day, it was nothing unusual to see kids at schools with a gun in the gun rack in the back window. But we didnt have the shootings. Kids were raised to know the proper way to deal with others, hand had RESPECT for other kids, parents, school officials, and law enforcement. I know I will be getting tons of hate messages but I dont care in the least. Again I’m sorry the bullied kid felt this was his only option.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Where did he get the gun

  • Michael J. Maltese 2 years ago

    I’m heartbroken for that kid. I know first hand how bullying can DESTROY your very soul. And the bullies rarely pay for their crimes. Here’s my opinion on this particular incident? The kids in that school KNOW who the bullies are. They should be found and held responsible for this child’s death. JUST like a drug dealer can be held responsible for a buyer ‘s OD, their actions were a direct cause of this poor kid having a mental breakdown, seeking revenge and committing suicide. WHEN are we going to do more than just paint posters saying “No bullies allowed”? It’s time to send a serious message to these teenage punk ass touch guys. IT HAS TO END!

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