A South Dakota school was in panic Wednesday morning as administrators daringly prevented another school shooting.
At around 10am on Wednesday morning, the principal of Harrisburg High School was shot in the arm after a struggle with a student who had brought a gun into school. According to a report from the Argus Leader, the principal is in stable condition, and the assistant principal is considered a hero after tackling the student with the gun.
Sioux Falls Police information officer Sam Clemens reported that the incident began as a student entered the school building around 10am this Wednesday. Principal Kevin Lein became engaged in a struggle with the student, who pulled out a gun and shot the principal in the arm.
Assistant principal Ryan Rollinger heart the gunshot and responded immediately by tackling the student and holding him down with athletic director Joey Struwe until authorities showed up on the scene. The school was placed on lockdown at 10:03 am until the situation was considered stable.
Police are still investigating the student’s motive for bringing a gun into the building, but they say he acted alone. Superintendent Jim Holbeck reported that Lein was in good spirits, and that the school is still deciding whether or not they will hold classes on Thursday.
“For years we’ve been, schools have been trying to figure out how to prepare for this,” Holbeck said. “And you hope it never happens in your backyard.”
At 11am, students were shuttled to a nearby middle school to be picked up by their parents. During the lockdown, Lincoln County State Attorney Tom Wollman said that any students that witnessed the incident were required to stay at the school to answer questions.