Published October 03, 2006
BARABOO, Wis. – A 15-year-old accused of killing his high school principal was ordered held on $750,000 bail Monday, while the governor said schools may need more money for security plans.
Sauk County prosecutor Pat Barrett told a judge that Eric Hainstock may have been looking for others to attack when he went to Weston Schools Friday morning and shot Principal John Klang.
"There were potentially other people that he had a beef with at the time," she said, but did not elaborate.
Hainstock, who appeared in court with his attorneys through a video feed from jail, sat with his chin in his hand. He is charged as an adult with first-degree intentional homicide and faces life in prison.
"It goes without saying the public does need protection in this matter," Circuit Court Judge Patrick Taggart said. Hainstock's attorneys had asked for $10,000 bail, saying that he had no criminal record.
The shooting came on the heels of a hostage incident at a high school in Bailey, Colo. that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl. It was one of three deadly school shootings across the country in the last week.
Authorities said the teen had complained about being teased by other students and decided to confront teachers and the principal using a shotgun and handgun taken from his parents' bedroom. Klang, 49, was shot in the head, chest and leg, authorities said, but managed to wrestle Hainstock to the ground and sweep the gun away, according to a complaint.
At the school, located in a farming community of 300 people about 70 miles northwest of Madison, flags flew at half-staff. Some students and faculty met with counselors, while others walked the halls, talking and holding each other.
"Forever changed. 9-29-06," read billboards outside of the town's only gas station and its municipal building.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jim Doyle spoke to about 100 teachers, administrators and school safety experts gathered for a school safety summit at Eau Claire Memorial High School. The summit was scheduled before Friday's fatal shooting.
Doyle said after his speech that he would look at whether more funding is needed for schools to work on their safety plans.
"It's not a terribly expensive thing to do in the context of the state budget, but it's terribly important to do," he said.