Latest: Man Identifies Son as South Dakota School Shooter

1 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hero South Dakota vice principal subdues student, 16, who shot, wounded school principal.

A hero South Dakota high school vice principal saved lives and limited the bloodshed after he tackled a deranged student who opened fire on the school’s principal in the administrator’s office, authorities said.

Ryan Rollinger heard the scuffle and the crack of a handgun before he was able to tackle the 16-year-old student and restrain him, along with activities director Joey Struwe, until police arrived Wednesday morning. “You really never know what the student would have done,” superintendent Jim Holbeck told reporters. “They probably helped save somebody else from getting shot. Harrisburg High School Principal Kevin Lein suffered a flesh wound in the arm before Assistant Principal Ryan Rollinger tackled the student and held him down with help from the athletic director, authorities said.

Authorities said Wednesday afternoon that the student pulled a gun following a dispute with the principal, but said they don’t know what spurred the dispute. Nick Pohlmann, who lives just across the street from the school and has a son who is a senior, said he found out about the shooting through a friend who called him asking if his son was OK. Senior Aanna Okerlund, 18, said she was in college algebra when a classmates ran into the room to tell everyone he had seen a student near the principal’s office with a gun. Lein,the school’s principal of about five years, managed to make an announcement to students while he was injured and remained in “very good spirits,” Holbeck said.

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