Coach Who Chased Ohio School Shooter Recognized as Hero
The shooting that occurred Monday at Chardon High School in Ohio, which left three students dead and two others injured, could have been even more tragic if not for the actions of assistant football coach Frank Hall, according to witness accounts.
Hall chased the gunman from the cafeteriawhere all five students were shotthrough a hallway and out of the school, according to what witnesses told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. T.J. Lane, 17, was charged as a juvenile yesterday with three counts of aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault. The prosecutor in the case has indicated he will seek to charge Lane as an adult.
"As horrifying as everything was, when you hear about kids in that situation and you hear a coach did what he did, we all knew it was Frank right away," Jim Henson, a football coach at nearby Jefferson High, told the paper.
Not only did Hall protect the other students in the cafeteria; he also put his body on the line.
Don Navatsyk, another assistant football coach at Chardon, told The Daily Beast that "the kid turned and took a couple shots at [Hall]... I think he ducked behind a vending machine."
On Thursday afternoon, Hall held a brief press conference, according to the Plain Dealer, where he expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
"I want you to know I was with them. I prayed with them. I wiped their tears and I know God was with them," he said, according to an Associated Press report.
Hall deflected the praise that's been heaped upon him the past few days, saying the emergency responders on the scene were the true heroes.
"I don't know why this happened. I only wish I could have done more. I'm not a hero. Just a football coach and a study hall teacher," Hall said, according to the AP report.
The police may have quickly apprehended Lane upon arriving at the scene, but without Hall chasing the gunman out of the school, there's no telling how many more students he could have injured.
Does that make Hall a hero? You tell us.
Photo: Chardon High School assistant football coach Frank Hall pauses as he talks to the media on March 1 in Chardon, Ohio. (Tony Dejak/AP)
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