When A Gunman Opened Fire In A School Cafeteria, One Teacher Didn’t Spare A Thought For Her Safety

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To all intents and purposes, then, McQueen was a model teacher, admired and respected by the students at her school. But one September morning, all that would be put to the test as a nightmare descended on the sleepy community of Mattoon.

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September 20, 2017, began just like any other day for the 1,000 or so students attending Mattoon High School. Then, at around 11:30 a.m., something happened that would change their lives forever. As groups of young people began to gather in the cafeteria for lunch, gunshots rang out across the room.

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