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S. Dakota high school principal shot, wounded; students safe

1 year 3 months 2 weeks ago September 30, 2015 Sep 30, 2015 Wednesday, September 30 2015 September 30, 2015 1:23 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

HARRISBURG, S.D. - The principal of a South Dakota high school has been wounded in a shooting at the school. School officials say a student suspected in the shooting is in custody and other students are reported safe.

The superintendent of Harrisburg High School, about 10 miles south of Sioux Falls, says Principal Kevin Lein suffered a flesh wound.

Superintendent James Holbeck tells local media outlets that the suspected shooter is in custody. District administrative assistant Tracy Heiden says all students are safe.

Lincoln County Deputy State's Attorney Ross Wright says the suspected shooter is a student. Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens said the student got into a dispute with Lein while in the principal's office, pulled out a gun and shot Lein in the arm.

Clemens said Assistant Principal Ryan Rollinger tackled the student and held him down with help from athletic director Joe Struwe.

Eighteen-year-old Aanna Okerlund says she was in college algebra when one of her classmates ran into the room to tell the class he had seen a student with a gun. Okerlund says Lein came onto the intercom shortly afterward to tell students there was a school-wide lockdown. She says Lein later told students by intercom that he had been shot "but was fine."

She called the incident "surreal," and said students were crying and shaking in the corner of the classroom while they waited for news. She says she has gone to Harrisburg public schools her entire life and it's always been a safe environment.

Authorities say they don't know what may have caused the dispute between the shooter and Lein.

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