February 27, 2012 changed our community forever; that day, a student shot and killed three students and injured three more at Chardon High School. The story of Frank Hall, the man who chased the shooter out of the school, deserves to be told.
I have never met Frank Hall, then a football coach at Chardon High School, now a coach in Ashtabula, Ohio, but I would be so honored to meet him. Not only did he save many young lives, but he also returned to comfort the victims. He was with those boys as they passed; they were not alone.
His interview with Sports Illustrated states, “Frank tried to move Russell's head out of the blood, to disentangle Demetrius and Danny from the table and chair legs. He cradled the boys, wiped their tears and begged them, "Hang on! Hang on!" He knew in the pit of his gut that none of them had a prayer, and so ... he prayed. "God, please, be here with each one of them. God, please, take care of them!"
Our community will not and should not forget the horror, but likewise, we should remember the heroism of Frank Hall.