Assistant Principal Called A Hero After Tackling Shooter


HARRISBURG, SD — School officials said Wednesday afternoon that a principal shot by a student is in good spirits.

Police received a 911 call at 10 a.m. Wednesday when a 16-year-old student fired one shot at Principal Kevin Lein. The school entered into lockdown shortly after. Lein was transported to a hospital with a flesh wound on his arm.

Assistant Principal Ryan Rollinger tackled the teenager after he fired a handgun. He and the activities director Joey Struwe held down the suspect until law enforcement arrived.

“I can’t speak highly enough of what kind of person that is,” Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said.

Superintendent Jim Holbeck said the building, along with vehicles, will be cleared Wednesday afternoon. He said families will be contacted by the district through its messaging system when vehicles can be retrieved.

Until the school is cleared, Holbeck said the school will remain under lockdown.

Students were transported by bus to Harrisburg South Middle School.

On Twitter, the community is showing support for Lein by using the hashtag #prayforlein.

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