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      Indian River teacher hailed as hero when loaded gun found in school

      <font size="2">Bob Kuba</font>

      For the first time, we are hearing from the hero teacher who averted the potential shooing at Indian River High School in Jefferson County. It comes as investigators tell our sister station WWNY-TV, the gun was loaded.

      Bob Kuba told WWNY-TV the male student walked into his classroom with a large object under a blanket, but Kuba quickly realized it was a gun. "Once he took the blanket off, I saw it was a gun case," Kuba said. "I thought it was odd there was a science experiment in the gun case. Once he opened the gun case, I saw there was a rifle there. I grabbed the rifle with the one hand. I ward him off with the other hand."

      Kuba says he is not a hero, but he is being treated like one. "I just reacted to the situation. I didn't have the time to think. I just reacted to it," Kuba said.

      Kuba says he has taken a hunter safety course and learned always treat gun like it's loaded. "I just basically reacted to the situation, made sure I kept the barrel away from the students and I kept him away from the weapon," he said.

      The 15-year-old student has not been charged in the case.