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Teacher hailed as hero after convincing student to drop gun

Updated: Wednesday, January 15 2014, 07:42 AM CST
(CNN) -- He's being hailed as a hero, a teacher who stared down the barrel of a shooter's gun.

And were it not for his bravery, authorities say, the horror that unfolded at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, could have been worse. Much worse.

John Masterson, a social studies teacher, is credited with talking a 12-year-old suspect into putting down his shotgun during a shooting at the school Tuesday.

Masterson has taught at the school for a decade, and also coaches track and soccer, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

When contacted by the newspaper, he said police told him not to discuss details of the shooting.

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