March 2, 2012 by staff
School Shooting, An assistant football coach credited with chasing a teenage gunman from an Ohio school said yesterday that he wanted families of the three children slain in a shooting spree to know that he comforted the teens as they lay dying after the attack.
“I want you to know I was with them. I prayed with them. I wiped their tears and I know God was with them,’’ an emotional Frank Hall said during a news conference shortly after the 17-year-old suspect was charged in the rampage.
Hall, who has been credited by students, faculty, and police with chasing the gunman from the school building and perhaps saving more people, brushed aside the accolades.
‘‘I’m not a hero. Just a football coach and a study hall teacher,’’ Frank Hall said.
“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,’’ said Hall, a tall, barrel-chested man with a boyish face who paused to compose himself at one point and read from notes as he spoke near to the school’s football field.
The emergency responders were the real heroes, said Hall, who left the outdoor news conference with a colleague’s arm wrapped around him.
T.J. Lane was charged yesterday with killing three students, the first step in proceedings that could see him charged as an adult and facing the possibility of life without parole if convicted.
The charges filed in Geauga County juvenile court accuse Lane of killing three students and wounding two others in the shooting Monday morning at Chardon High School, about 30 miles east of Cleveland.
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