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Wounded Iowa principal distracted shooter while students escaped

Jan. 5, 2024
The daughter of Perry High School Principal Dan Marburger says her father is in stable condition after being shot Thursday.

The daughter of the Iowa principal wounded in Thursday's shooting attack says her father tried to calm and distract the shooter so that other students could flee.

The Des Moines Register reports that the Perry High School principal, Dan Marburger, was in stable condition Friday after being shot and undergoing surgery.

Claire Marburger, the principal's daughter, said she has been told her father tried to calm the shooter, 17-year-old student Dylan Butler, to help save other students.

"It is absolutely zero surprise to hear he tried to approach and talk Dylan down and distract him long enough for some students to get out of the cafeteria," the daughter said in a Facebook post. That’s just Dad."

Marburger was one of six people shot Thursday morning at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa, as students prepared for their first day of classes winter break. One shooting victim, a sixth-grade student, died. Marburger and four other students were wounded. The identities of the student victims have not been disclosed.

Authorities found found Butler's body in the school, dead from what is believed to be a self-inflicted wound. 

Claire Marburger said she believes her father will be"devastated" for all those affected by the shooting."

"Knowing Dad, Dad is devastated about what happened today," she said. "He would be devastated about Dylan, devastated about the victims, devastated for the community as every single community member is a victim to this tragedy...It's things like this that he takes personally...what more could he do, what did he not do that he could have….He’d be extremely saddened the trauma and negative memories that are associated with his building and school now for many."

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