Chardon coach Frank Hall featured on Sports Illustrated cover for heroic actions during shooting
Mike Waterhouse, newsnet5.com
11:54 AM, Jun 19, 2013
5:46 PM, Jun 19, 2013
CHARDON, Ohio - A football coach at Chardon High School is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for his role in confronting a gunman as his school.
The magazine shows an image of Frank Hall, who was monitoring the cafeteria during the morning of Feb. 27, 2012.
Students at the school called Hall a hero, unarmed as he chased TJ Lane, who was armed with a gun and a knife, out of the school that morning. He's credited with preventing other people from getting killed or injured.
Hall told SI that he charged at Lane multiple times, screaming for the teen to stop -- even darting out of the way once to avoid getting shot.
Lane, then 17 years old, shot and killed three students and injured two others during the shooting spree. He was caught a short time later after running out of the school.
Hall talked with NewsChannel5 briefly the day after the shooting, but didn't have much to say at the time.
"I just want to say that I'm sorry for the families and the victims" he said at the time. "I wish I could have done more."
The article details Hall's background and perspective of the day's tragic events.
Chardon Schools issued this statement about the article: "We think the world of Coach Hall, who modeled such courage and determination for all of us in the aftermath of our horrific school shootings. While the Sports Illustrated cover story serves as a tragic reminder of the proliferation of school violence, we're pleased that the story will provide a wider audience the opportunity read about this special man. Chardon Schools are all the better for the time he spent here, and Ashtabula Lakeside scored big when he chose to return home."
This edition of Sports Illustrated hit newsstands Wednesday morning.
Lane was convicted earlier this year of murder and sentenced to life in prison.