Hundreds turn out in tiny town to mourn slain principal

But instead of watching the homecoming game that had been scheduled, they mourned the loss of Principal John Klang, who was
shot to death by a student in school earlier in the day.

Instead of watching the Silver Eagles play football, they cried, sang ``Amazing Grace,'' listened to mournful violin passages and spoke fondly of Klang and also of a student who died early today in an unrelated car wreck.

Many wore Weston High sweatshirts and baseball caps in the cold late September wind. Bible passages were read and words of comfort spoken.

The flag at the opposite end zone flew at half staff.

Klang and cusodian Dave Thompson were praised as heroes who prevented greater bloodshed.

Authorities say Thompson confronted the shooter as he entered the school and wrestled a shotgun away from him, but the shooter then pulled out a pistol and Klang managed to wrestle the weapon away even after being mortally wounded.

Becky Jennings is the mother of children who attend the school and she says the vigil was meant to offer hope and prayer to a grieving community.

AP


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