Principal Killed While Protecting Students from Gunman at Iowa School
In a tragic incident that took place at Perry High School near Des Moines, Iowa, a brave principal lost his life while shielding his pupils from a gunman. Dan Marburger, who had been the head of the school since 1995, acted selflessly and put himself in harm’s way to ensure the safety of the students.
The horrifying incident occurred on January 4th when a student opened fire in the school cafeteria during breakfast time. Marburger, displaying immense courage, tried to distract the gunman in order to give the students a chance to escape. Unfortunately, he was shot in the process, along with six others who suffered injuries. Tragically, 11-year-old Ahmir Joliff lost his life in the attack.
Marburger’s family announced on Sunday that, after a valiant battle, he succumbed to his injuries. His wife, Elizabeth, shared the heartbreaking news on a GoFundMe page that was set up to support the family during this difficult time. She expressed the immense pain that the family will continue to endure in the days, weeks, and years to come.
Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa paid tribute to Marburger for his selfless and heroic actions, stating that he will forever be remembered for his bravery. As a mark of respect, flags across the state will be flown at half-mast until the day of Marburger’s funeral.
The suspect behind the shooting, identified as 17-year-old Dylan Butler, was later found dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities discovered that he was in possession of a shotgun, a handgun, and a rudimentary explosive device.
This shocking incident took place less than two weeks before the Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa. President Joe Biden was briefed on the situation, and the White House reached out to Governor Reynolds’ office to offer support and assistance.
The loss of Principal Dan Marburger has left a community devastated and mourning. His unwavering dedication to the safety of his students will forever be remembered, and his heroic actions serve as a reminder of the selflessness and bravery that can be found even in the face of unimaginable tragedy.