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Teenager kills principal of school in Wisconsin


A teenager who brought two weapons to his rural school shot the principal to death after a struggle with adults and other students, authorities said.

The 15-year-old was taken into custody after the shooting on Friday and charged as an adult with murder, the district attorney said.

Authorities said the teen, identified as Eric Hainstock, had complained about being teased by other students and decided to confront teachers and the principal using a shotgun and handgun taken from his parent's bedroom. The shooting also came one day after the principal gave him a disciplinary warning for having tobacco on school grounds, according to a criminal complaint.

Witnesses said Hainstock walked in with the shotgun before classes began. A custodian, teachers and students wrestled with him, but he broke through, took out the handgun and shot Weston Schools Principal John Klang three times, Sheriff Randy Stammen said.

A custodian said the teen was a special-education student who told him he was there to kill someone, but did not say who.

"He was calm, but he was on a mission," said Dave Thompson, 43, who has two children at the school.

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