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School Shooting at Cazenovia, Wisconsin – Principal killed by 15-year-old student

Posted by Admin on September 29, 2006

Dear Readers,

Many of you may have heard the horrible news of the school shooting in Cazenovia, Wisconsin at Weston Schools (a Pre-K thru HS public school) from which Principal and Acting Administrator John Klang has lost his life. John was a true hero who was shot 3 times while trying to protect his students and staff from a 15-year-old student who was armed with a shotgun, and a .9mm handgun.  The custodian managed to disarm the student of the shotgun, but the student then pulled the handgun from under his clothing.  According to witnesses, John Klang was shot at least once, and then ran and tackled the student, being joined by other students and staff who eventually got the kid under control, but not until Klang had been shot a total of 3 times – in the chest, the leg, and once to the back of the head. Mr. Klang passed away this afternoon after undergoing surgery at the Richland Area Medical Center, and then being transported to UW-Madison Hospital.

To compound the heartache in the small community, another Weston Schools High School Student was killed this morning in a car accident. He was traveling at a high rate of speed, and crashed. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced DOA at UW-Madison Hospital after being Med-flighted there. His passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt, was treated and released for minor injuries at the local hospital.

Prayers for the whole community for strength and comfort are going out tonight – especially for the Klang family, and the family of the boy who died in the auto accident.

On my personal blog, Liberty Rocks, I have compiled a lot of information including links, articles, and a transcription of this afternoon’s press conference. If you are interested in reading more you can access my post here:
SPECIAL REPORT: Shool Shooting West of Madison, Wisconsin

Also, I covered yesterday’s Hostage Tragedy at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado. Our family moved here from Colorado almost 2 years ago, but have a friend living in Bailey whose children were at that school, and another friend who lives there but has no children. As far as we know our friends’ children were unharmed, but that whole community is another small close-knit town full of down-to-earth people… It was shocking and hit very close to home watching it all unfold. We lived in Colorado when Columbine happened and I remembered with horror that day as well… It’s been a rough couple of days for our whole country.

Such sorrow over the loss of two very wonderful human beings, by all accounts I’ve read… To see the coverage I have of the Platte Canyon HS tragedy, including an updated overview (from this morning), please see:
SPECIAL REPORT: Tragedy at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado

Remember to give your loved ones an extra hug tonight, as we never know what will happen tomorrow… And please, remember to wear your seatbelts!

Take care & Stay Safe,
Michelle K.

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