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Coach Frank Hall, who chased shooter out of Chardon school, fighting for law to make schools safer

Posted at 4:18 PM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 16:47:15-05

Kentucky, Texas, and most recently Florida — 17 people gunned down.

As school shootings devastate the nation, officials across the country are working to find the answer. 

One northeast Ohioan believes he has at least one.

"We have to be diligent in protecting our schools. That's the most precious thing we have in this country, our children," Frank Hall told News 5.

Coach Frank Hall not only survived the school shooting in Chardon 6 years ago that took the lives of three, he stopped it.


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Six years ago, he chased shooter TJ Lane, semi-automatic weapon in hand, through the hallways of Chardon High School and outside the building after facing him head on and dodging the bullet when Lane pulled the trigger. 

To many, he embodies courage and 6 years later, Coach Frank Hall is widely considered a hero and a lifesaver. 

But it's the three lives cut short, another paralyzed that Feb. 27, 2012 that he's still thinking about.

"Danny, Demetrius and Russell. And you keep telling yourself they're not gonna die in vain," he told News 5. 

The community he's been a part of, "that understands what a school shooting is," was once small.

"Unfortunately," he said, "that community is growing bigger and bigger."

Hall is fighting to put an end to school shootings right now. 

"In 7-10 days the nation is going to forget about this. We can't let that happen," he said. 

His fight is through House Bill 318

"We felt the need for SROs, school resource officers, were so important to be in school," Hall said. 

The bill defines what a school resource officer is, currently not in Ohio's code, and details increased training.

"We want the best qualified for our children and that's what we are aiming for."

It's step one for Hall and the Coach Hall Foundation with an ultimate goal in mind.

"Our goal is to put an SRO in every school in America," he said. 

"Just seeing that police car, outside the school, it makes a big difference...not just for the school shooting aspect, but to have someone there a student can rely on," he said. 

HB 310 is in the Senate right now and Hall is hoping for good news this spring.