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Weston High School Shooting 9/29/2006 Cazenovia, WI *Principal John Klang killed; Eric Hainstock convicted, sentenced to life in prison*

John Klang, Principal

Weston School District
Sauk County principal shot dead trying to wrestle gun away from student
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Teen tells investigators he was teased, called names
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More insight into Eric Hainstock’s troubled childhood
Murderpedia: Eric Hainstock
Wikipedia: Weston High School shooting
Weston student who killed principal seeking new trial



DOC #: 00516990
Birth Year: 1991
Age: 25
Height: 5′ 9″ Weight: 145
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
PhotoDate: 01/24/2014

Institution: Wisconsin Secure Program Facility
Region Unit Office: Unit 811 Baraboo
Region Unit Agent: 8 11 11
1000 Log Lodge CT
Baraboo, WI 53913
(608) 355-3840


8 Responses

  1. I don’t blame the Eric Hainstock on bit, seriously I mean the principle most not have of been doing his job right. It says in the story the kid was getting picked on , if the teachers and principle knew that(which they did) they’d would’ve done something to try and help him out? When I was in High School I got picked on and called names and the teachers herd everything, I even went to the principle and he did nothing, you know why? Because the kids making fun of me where jocks/preps/ rich kids, the teachers and principle let them do whatever they wanted, even if the got all F’s the teachers turned them into A’s. Now where’s the justice in that? So what if they play football, or their daddies and mommies are rich, what about the kids like Eric Hainstock who have no self confidence or self esteem because the teens and adults let them down in life? No has the answer do they? Don’t go blaming it of violent video games, or guns. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people! Metal detectors will be no problem for a kid who doesn’t want to live anymore. Even if the Hainstock just punched the kids making fun of him, he would’ve got in more trouble and the bully hardly any!

  2. I agree that indeed Eric is more of a victim here than previously thought. It is apparent that the DA is desperate to try and put him in adult court so she can think of herself as a great ‘public servant’ when it is apparent that she too is quite dishonest in trying to include the recent VT shooting into the court hearing. Keep praying and standing up for his rights. He is a good person.

  3. There is no reporting about factors that might have caused sudden violence, Subliminal Distraction.

    There have been events that point to possible exposure.

    He had other episodes of sudden violence throwing a chair and stapler.

    Subliminal Distraction creates paranoia, which then acts with existing problems to foment violence. The Virginia Tech shooter had created the “special circumstances” for exposure. When he began to have the mental break SD causes he acted out the delusions by planning and killing 32 people.

  4. I was ‘picked on’ in school, and NOBODY DIED! Everyone is a victim of something, or someone, at some point: it’s time to stop excusing aberrant behavior across the board.
    Bring back ol’ Sparky…

  5. As a matter of fact, I go to Weston High School, and what people DON’T know is that Eric wasn’t made fun of nearly as much as people thought. From what I was told about Mr. Klang is that he was a great man, and cared more than anybody would ever believe. Eric was violent anyway. A few weeks before the incident, he threw a stapler at a teacher, who I actually know and like well. The teacher was also a very caring man, and would never provoke anything that deserved a stapler being thrown at him. No offense, but you people are wrong about Eric. If he even was picked on, he NEVER reported it to the teachers. Now that I have went there, I see the truth about that school.
    People there care… There isn’t even any “cliques” at that school. So calm the f**k down, and get your facts straight before you start rambling on about something you don’t even know anything about.

  6. Valerie,

    Even if ol’ Sparky was brought back, what good would it do it Wisconsin? Since ol’ Sparky is in Florida, it would not help in any other state.


    Who are you telling to calm down?

  7. I just recently graduated from Weston High School, I was a classmate of Erik Fichtel’s as well. I have known Eric Hainstock and his family since him and my brother-who is also an Eric-were in preschool together. Yes, Eric was picked on, and yes, Mr. Klang was trying to help him. There was a conversation I recall of Mr. Klang going out of his way to get Hainstock newer shoes and clothes because of the state his present clothes were in. I have been picked on and bullied throughout highschool, but then I have also picked on and bullied those students as well. I didn’t have a problem with Hainstock one bit, but there had been times where I would see him bullied/even bullying someone else. It goes both ways. Yes, I believe that Eric needed some serious help and whether that was being provided for him, I don’t know, but still-there are millions of people that are victims of bully’s, and 90% of those people do not go out and kill people-expecially the people who are trying to help them out.
    Before all of you people out there start saying whether Hainstock was right to do what he did/whatever in agreeing with Hainstock, just keep in mind that there were people that were trying to help him like Mr. Klang, and no matter how messed up things are in your life, that is no reason to go out and kill someone for it.. You can always get help if you want it bad enough, and there are always going to be people out there that are willing to help out-just like Mr. Klang was…..

  8. well the question is does anybody know about his life away from school????? no i dont think so…so i would greatly appreciate it if you would shut your mouths… yeah you might have went to school with eric but do you really KNOW HIM???? where you there every waking minute that he was being harassed?? or maybe you were the ones harassing him perhaps??? i think that eric is not a bad person at all. you know he didnt really have a childhood or a caring loving family \… all you people say hell yeah let him rot but in reality you know damn well that if you were in his shoes everyday trust me you would either kill someone or kill your self… eric just needed a person to talk to but there wasnt anyone whole would care to listen to him….. most of us have a family and most have a very dysfunctional family ……but unlike eric he had a really bad dysfunctional family

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