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.
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.