Maggie: When a group of students in California heard that one of their teachers had been involved in a shooting tragedy, they were shocked. So they decided to do something about it. Tom Hanson has the story.
Students: We love Ludmer! We love Ludmer!
Tom: More than 1,500 students gathered at Calabasas High School in California to show their support for one of their teachers, Brian Ludmer.
Student: We’re gathered here today to support Mr. Ludmer.
Tom: He was at Los Angeles International Airport Friday when a gunman entered the terminal he was in and opened fire.
Ludmer: I was in line with a bunch of people for the metal detectors when we heard gunfire first from the first floor, from the ticket level. And so, everybody panicked. Everybody started running.
Tom: One Transportation Security Administration agent was killed and three other people were shot, including Ludmer. He was shot in the leg but managed to crawl to safety. And once his students found out…
Student: We knew we had to do something when we heard the news.
Tom: Students and teachers held a rally to raise awareness on gun violence and invited the entire student body.
Student: Gun violence is brutal no matter where you go. It’s not right to shoot anyone. It’s an innocent person boarding a plane to Chicago. So we’re just showing – the whole dance program is showing our love.
Tom: The shooting at LAX has sparked much debate over how to prevent something like this from happening again, and ideas have fallen all over the spectrum, from arming TSA agents with guns to taking away their police-like badges.
The students at Calabasas are also raising money to help Ludmer through a website called Youcaring.com. And get this: they have already reached $10,000.
Teacher: I talked to him on the phone and he said – he had, you know, tears in his voice – and he said he’s just so overwhelmed he can’t even get over it.
Tom: And, of course, there are the get-well cards.
Ludmer: These are all from students.
Tom: Ludmer is expected to make a full recovery and will be back in the classroom.
Student: We’re just really thankful that it wasn’t any worse than it actually was.
Tom: Tom Hanson, Channel One News.
Maggie: And if you want to help out Mr. Ludmer, we have got all the information over at Channelone.com.