That school was apparently suffused with lessons in death and violence before the shooting. And people always ask 'why?'
".... Sam asked him about the book Columbine
. Sam knew Frank was reading the book a year ago, and they had discussed it then a little."
(Undoubtedly this was a school assignment.)
"The police and emergency vehicles that flooded the school grounds may have put students in mind of the "Every 15 Minutes
" program held
just three weeks earlier
. The drunk driving safety event included a mock car wreck, police cruisers, rescue personnel. Chilling only in
retrospect, the exercise included a costumed Grim Reaper who entered classrooms every quarter hour to "kill"
a student. The "dead" students
spent the night at a local hotel to create a feeling of loss. The next day, assembled students listened to parents speak of their "dead" child.
And here are details of a ''drill'' that was conducted just months earlier:
"Through an open records request, The Awl obtained a copy of the "Marinette Co. School Shooting Exercise Plan" carried out on Aug. 27, 2009. The
"Scenario Summary" of the report on the training exercise states:
"Time: 0830 hrs Marinette High School is preparing for the new school year and all High School staff and school administrative personnel are on
campus for in-service meetings and classroom preparation. At approx 0830 hrs masked gunmen storm the campus firing rifles and small arms
Several people are shot in the area of the main entrance to the High School. The gunmen start firing at anyone they encounter and begin searching the
building for victims." .... Marinette County Emergency Management Director Eric Burmeister told me that the place Hengel chose, room A111, was
noteworthy as this "A-area" was the same place police and emergency services had staged its mock shooter exercise
And now it appears others might have been peripherally involved:
Eight days after 15-year-old Sam Hengel held a Marinette High School classroom at gunpoint and shot himself, the school board met in closed session.
Prior to Tuesday night's closed door session Superintendent Tim Baneck and School Board President Scott Vande Hei briefed the EagleHerald about the
focus of the meeting.
"We'll be looking at some confidential information regarding the student, or students
, involved in the incident last Monday," said Baneck.
Vande Hei said the board would limit discussion to just that. "We're getting briefed on information directly related to students that would have
," he said. .....