CHARDON, Ohio — The tragedy at Chardon High School might have been even worse if not for the heroic actions of a couple of teachers at the school.
Students said that after the teen gunman opened fire, he was charged by Frank Hall, who among other things is an assistant football coach.
Witnesses said Mr. Hall, known at Chardon High as a gentle giant, then chased the suspect from the building.
Student Madison Hess told Fox 8, “I’m actually not really shocked, I mean he’s that kind of teacher who will do anything to save his students.”
Students also said that as the victims lay bleeding from their wounds, math teacher Joe Ricci pulled one of them into a classroom and began rendering first aid until paramedics arrived.
“Amazing, absolutely amazing, they all were. I think everyone did what they were supposed to do in a situation, they’ve practiced it enough,” said parent Kim Hess.
Students and their families are now trying to come to grips with the magnitude of the tragedy, but they already know that the events of Monday morning have forever altered their lives, and changed the way they feel about their school.
“I think it’ll be a really sad place to be, I mean I don’t think anyone wants go there for at least a month,” said Madison Hess. “I don’t think anyone wants to have to go through that.”