When a 19 year old burst into the library with two 5″ hunting knives threatening to kill the children, James sprang into action. He blocked the access to the 16 children while they hid and then escaped.
“I tried to talk to him. I tried to settle him down,” Vernon told the Pekin Daily Times. “I didn’t, but I did deflect his attention” from the kids “and calmed him a bit. I asked him if he was from Morton, did he go to high school. I asked what his problem was. He said his life sucks. That’s a quote.”
“I grabbed him and threw… Somehow he wound up on a table” with the knife in his left hand pinned under his body, Vernon said. “I hit him on the (right) collarbone with my closed hand” until Brown dropped that knife. Even though he was cut and bleeding, he was able to keep Brown pinned down until the police and paramedics arrived. He suffered minor injuries and none of the children were hurt.
Had he brought a gun instead, “It would’ve been a different story,” Vernon said. Thank God he was there and put himself in danger to save the children. He is a true #LemonadeMaker.
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