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Bluffton High teacher: I'm no hero

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Maggie Williams Maggie Williams

When Maggie Williams arrived to school Wednesday morning, she thought it was going to be a normal day of teaching economics and U.S. history to nearly 50 seniors and juniors. However, that normal day changed the moment her student Austen Almeida said he needed to talk to her.

"He said he wanted to talk, so then it was my job to figure out what he wanted to talk about," said williams. "That's when we had the conversation that led to me calling our social worker."

According to police, that's when Almeida told them, and school officials, that he had a loaded gun, gasoline, and knives with him on school property. 

Authorities quickly put Bluffton High on lockdown. They also placed Bluffton Elementary School and H.E. McCracken Middle School on a modified lockdown. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Students say that's because of Williams, but she credits Almeida.

"He asked for help, which is a big thing. He stopped himself," she said.

Almeida is now in jail, and the bright future Williams said he had ahead of him could be ruined. 

Williams said it breaks her heart to see him going through this.

"It's sad," she said. "I hate to see any kid, any child go through this. It has to be painful."

Almeida was in court for the first time Thursday morning. The judge denied bond and requested that he undergo a mental evaluation. 

He faces four charges, including bringing explosive devices on school property. 

Even though he's 17 years old, he is being charged as an adult.

"I hope and pray that he gets the help that he needs to get better," said Williams. 

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