Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Recognizes Mattoon Teacher Who Subdued Shooter

Sep 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) recognized Angela McQueen for her heroic actions at Mattoon High School on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday.

Angela saved the lives of Mattoon High School students when she tackled, eventually disarmed and held the assailant on the ground until law enforcement arrived after the student gunman opened fire in the cafeteria.

“I honor Angela McQueen’s dedication to her students’ safety and her courageous actions in the face of adversity,” Shimkus said. “If she had not selfless acted, the situation could have been much worse. Angela McQueen is a true hero and deserves nothing less than our highest admiration.”

The full statement in the congressional record can be found HERE