Wis. Hostage-Taker’s Mom Wants Report Kept Offline

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — The mother of a 15-year-old Wisconsin boy who held his social studies class hostage before shooting himself wants investigative reports of the standoff kept off the Internet.

Ann Hengel says having the information online would have harmful repercussions for hers and other children. She thinks people should access the information at courthouses instead of making it available online.

Hengel’s son, Sam Hengel, held a class at Marinette High School hostage at gunpoint Nov. 29 before shooting himself. He died the next day.

Marinette Police Chief Jeff Skorik tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette he got a letter last week from the family’s attorney, asking that the reports not be posted online. Skorik says the reports should be ready in the next several weeks and that going online is still an option.

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  • Ben B.

    I don’t blame her I guess yet we also have a right to know. There may be things in there that affected our children too or even us I guess.
    Tough call

  • Nancy Aleshire

    Being the victim of a son who died as the result of a restraint in a DHS run workplace, the public has a result to know of any safety issues in schools. A law was recently passed called “Kyle’s Law” which mandates this as the result of a child with Down’s syndrome who was abused by his teacher. I feel bad for the family that lost their son.

  • jeff

    They use to say “do not do anything you would not want your mother to read in the headlines of tommorrows paper”. With the internet, no comes “do not do anything that you want your mother to read on-line”. While I feel compassion for the family, public information is public information.

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