Kaleb Eulls: Great American Hero.Yazoo County Sheriff Tommy Vaughan knew how it ended, but he said there still was plenty of drama in watching the Mississippi school bus security tape.
At 6:53 a.m. Tuesday, a 14-year-old girl boarded the bus and walked better than halfway toward the back. She reached into a flower-print bag and pulled out a chrome-plated .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun and began shouting and threatening the other students.
"She was using some hard words," Vaughan said. "She was saying somebody on the bus was either messing with her or picking on her."
Then, Yazoo County High School football player Kaleb Eulls approached the girl, Vaughan said.
"He kept telling her, 'Put the gun down; put the gun down.' "
Then Eulls, 18, did what made him highly recruited as a defensive end — he tackled her. Vaughan said the students both went down, and a second later, Eulls' right hand shot back into view holding the weapon.
"If it hadn't been for this star football player, things could have been different," Vaughan said. "He didn't go overboard, but he did exactly what it took to get her on the ground."
Eulls, a 6-foot 4-inch, 255-pound senior, has committed to Mississippi State University.