Shooting At Harrisburg High School Shakes Community

Student Shot Principal After Physical Altercation

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Principal Kevin Lein is in stable condition and doing well suffering a flesh wound on his arm after a shooting at Harrisburg High School Wednesday Morning.

A 16-year-old student is in custody after shooting Lein in the arm after a physical confrontation in the principal’s office.

The motive for the shooting is not yet known.

Assistant Principal Ryan Rollinger tackled the gunman after hearing a gunshot in Lein’s office. Athletic Director Joe Struwe assisted in holding the suspect down until authorities arrived.

Officer Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Department spoke on behalf of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday Afternoon.

He said that the actions of the two staff members saved the possibility of a worst case scenario.

“For a teacher, for a staff member to hear shots in a school, that’s got to be a scary situation for anybody involved. For this person to, first, recognize that it was a gunshot and go towards that and look to help out and try to stop it, I can’t speak highly enough of the kind of person that is and what they did to prevent any future problems,” said Clemens.

Authorities received a 911 call at around 10 a.m. notifying them about the active shooter.

The school was in lockdown at around 10:03 a.m.

Clemens said that law enforcement has gone through a lot of training for active shooters over the years.

Superintendent James Holbeck said despite all the drills they go through, he wishes they never had to use it.

“It’s a shame that, for years, schools have been trying to figure out how to prepare for this and you hope it never happens in your backyard,” said Holbeck.

Students said that Principal Lein addressed them shortly after his injury, assuring them that everything was okay.

Holbeck said he spoke with Lein over the phone shortly after the shooting.

“I will tell you that he’s in very good spirits. His first question was “how am I (Holbeck) doing?” and so that tells you a little bit about him,” said Holbeck.

The father of the shooter said that he does not know what the motive was for his son to attack the principal.

He said the teen has been quiet over the past year and he thinks he’s “just mad at everybody.”

This is an ongoing investigation.

ATF Agent frank Kelsey told me their priority going forward is to find out how a high school student gained possession of a firearm.

Harrisburg High School will have school tomorrow.