Session 1

Student Focused Teacher Led Virtual Series

Saving Sycamore: How the Relationship Between a Counselor and a Student Saved a School Community

Molly Hudgens, School counselor, author of Saving Sycamore: The School Shooting That Never Happened, and Medal of Honor recipient

Molly’s Story

On September 28, 2016, a fourteen year old student armed with a semiautomatic handgun and an additional magazine of ammunition walked into counselor Molly Hudgens’ office. He told Molly that his plan was to kill people and she was the only person who could talk him out of it.  After ninety minutes of talking and praying with the young man, she did just that.  Molly shares how her relationships–with the student, the School Resource Officer, and her community—supported her efforts and ultimately led to a safe outcome for all that day.

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