by William J. Bennett, CNN Contributor
Editor’s note: William J. Bennett, a CNN contributor, is the author of ” The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood.” He was U.S. secretary of education from 1985 to 1988 and director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H.W. Bush.
(CNN) – When the gunman entered Chardon High School cafeteria and opened fire, killing three students and injuring two others, he came face-to-face with assistant football coach Frank Hall.
Hall, a study hall and cafeteria monitor and the football team’s offensive coordinator, didn’t back down. When other people panicked and ran away in fear, Hall confronted the 17-year-old suspect and chased him out of the school.
His work didn’t end there. He returned to the side of the victims, Demetrius Hewlin, 16, Russell King Jr., 17, and Daniel Parmertor, 16. He prayed with them, wiped their tears, and comforted them in their last moments.
In the end, the three boys died of their injuries. But Hall’s remarkable courage saved the lives of countless other innocents that tragic morning of February 27.