Board President Lowell Johnson presented David Shawn Gibson with a certificate during Thursday’s board meeting. Smith had driven the Huntington High School speech and debate club to a competition at Ritchie County High School on Jan. 6.
During the return trip, the group stopped for dinner in Mineral Wells. A man believed to have a weapon boarded the bus while Gibson was finishing some paperwork and demanded to be taken to Flatwoods.
The students were already inside the restaurant eating when the incident occurred. Gibson was able to talk the man off the bus, get a waitress to call police and tell the teacher not to let the students leave the restaurant. The man was later arrested and no one was hurt.
"There is nothing more important than student safety,” Johnson said. “Mr. Gibson is a fine example of putting student safety first. His actions helped resolve what could have been a tragedy. “