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Teen accused of fatally shooting principal says he 'freaked out'

 

 

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — A teenager accused of gunning down his principal told detectives in a videotaped interview that he didn't mean to kill him but "freaked out" when the principal tackled him in a school hallway.

 

Eric Hainstock, 16, also told investigators in the same interview hours after Principal John Klang was fatally shot that he'd been in anger management classes for years but found them useless.

 

"He's like, 'Your choices are based on your beliefs,"' Hainstock said, referring to his instructor. "Like, 'duh.' It gets

 

annoying."

 

Prosecutors presented the videotaped interrogation of Hainstock at a hearing on his request to be tried as a juvenile. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted on adult charges. If convicted as a juvenile, Hainstock would be released at age 25.

 

Authorities say Hainstock, then 15, walked into the school before classes and shot Klang three times as the principal tried to wrestle the boy to the ground. Klang managed to disarm Hainstock but died later that day.

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The videotape, time-stamped less than three hours after the shooting, shows Hainstock sitting in an interview room with his face buried in his arms. He has the hood on his sweatshirt pulled over his head.

 

Hainstock told detectives he was upset with school officials because they didn't stop other students in this southwestern Wisconsin town from picking on him and calling him names. Going to school with guns occurred to him just that morning, he said, and he just wanted officials to listen to him.

 

When Klang grabbed him from behind and put him in a bear hug, he put the revolver under his left armpit and shot the principal, he said. He said he didn't mean to kill him, but "I just freaked out."

 

"It was just 'pop!' and then a couple seconds later 'pop!' and then a couple seconds later, 'pop!"' Hainstock said.

 

Weston Schools teacher Alyssa Brewer testified Friday that Hainstock once threw a chair in a classroom and challenged a music teacher to a fight over a spitball shooter.

 

Eric Hainstock erupted into anger when he was caught with the toy fashioned out of a pen, and he refused to hand it over, Brewer said.

 

When she ordered Hainstock to another room to cool off, he stood up, threw a chair across the room and came at her, asking her "Do you want to (expletive) go? If you want to (expletive) go we can go right now" and grabbed her arm, Brewer said.

 

Another student went for help and Hainstock left the room, she said.

 

Prosecutors wanted Brewer's testimony to show Hainstock's violence as impulsive and that he still could be dangerous at age 25.

 

Defense attorneys have been working to portray Hainstock as immature and a victim of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of his family and classmates. They contend he needs treatment available only in the juvenile system.

 

Psychologist Michael Caldwell, testifying for the defense, said the teen likely wouldn't give up on therapy and medication in a juvenile facility because he would know he'd go free in a few years. He hasn't shown enough capacity for planning to think that way, he said.

 

Caldwell said touching Hainstock triggers memories of abuse and kicks his aggression to another level, adding the principal may have inadvertently made matters worse by tackling Hainstock and escalating his rage.

 

However, "I would never imply he did the wrong thing," Caldwell said of Klang, who has been called a hero.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-21-schoolshooting_N.htm?csp=34

 

Teenage angst, I blame rock music.

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All these kids with these problems. Being disruptive loners who go are told to go to therapy. We need to fucking do something about these kids rather than pilling them up and then putting them back into the rest of the population.

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All these kids with these problems. Being disruptive loners who go are told to go to therapy. We need to fucking do something about these kids rather than pilling them up and then putting them back into the rest of the population.

 

exactly!!!

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All these kids with these problems. Being disruptive loners who go are told to go to therapy. We need to fucking do something about these kids rather than pilling them up and then putting them back into the rest of the population.

 

i'll co-sign this too.

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All these kids with these problems. Being disruptive loners who go are told to go to therapy. We need to fucking do something about these kids rather than pilling them up and then putting them back into the rest of the population.

 

easier said than done.....

 

what ever we do is going to be considered therapy, no matter what.

 

kids these days are just fucked. the end.

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I was really violent my second and third year of highschool, but it involved alot of fistfights and throwing shit, not guns and knives

 

Fuckin n00bs

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That is the problem. Anything we do people are going to be like we arent giving them a fair shake at life. Even though by keeping them in the regular population we are obviously distracting and putting the regular population at risk. They had resource classes that takes troublesome students in my highschool and put them all together to seperate them from the rest of the students. This was a good thing because alot of the kids who were in those classes were the ones who A. had bad home lives B. Got arrested frequently C. learning disabilites D. Just could not function with the rest of the population...

 

This was good however it seemed as though they were just taking the kids whose grades sucked. If you could keep a high grade point average you pretty much got away with anything scot free. There were many "loner" types we even had kids who had hit lists. They just got suspended.

 

We had this one gay kid (basically he was just dying for attention) who wore mesh shirts boots with flames on them sex bracelet deallys complete flamer. Didnt fit in anywhere hit on dudes just to get beat up so people would look at him. Onlyy reason this dude didnt get kicked out was his twin bro had 4.0 was going to be going to crazy colleges and they didnt want to smudge the smart brothers record. Smart brother was a decent kid too. Fucking sucks...this flamer kid had a hit list yet he sat in the population creating outbursts just because he needed people to look at him. Disclaimer I am not against people of homosexual orientation just so happens holmes supposedly was one.

 

Hillshire Farms GO MEAT!

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we need to learn to appreciate children more. they need more hugs. more kisses. more love.

 

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seriously tho... raise yer kids right so the rest of the world doesnt have to put up with the mistakes you brought upon them.

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