A high school principal in Iowa was shot and killed while protecting children

Sadly, the high school principle from Iowa who heroically protected his kids during last month’s horrific school shooting has died from his wounds. This heartbreaking news has been confirmed by the school system.

Dan Marburger, the principal of Perry High School, was one of the seven victims of the shooting on January 4. Ahmir Jolliff, a sixth grader who was eleven years old, tragically perished in this senseless act of murder.

Iowa high school principal who was shot while trying to protect students has died
Andrew Harnik/AP - PHOTO: Police respond to a shooting at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa, Jan. 4, 2024.
Andrew Harnik/AP PHOTO: Police respond to a shooting at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa, Jan. 4, 2024.

Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa expressed her profound sadness and anguish at learning of Dan Marburger’s untimely passing. In a statement posted on Sunday, Governor Reynolds lauded Marburger for his amazing bravery and selflessness. She accepted that he made the greatest sacrifice by losing his life to save his students and that he boldly put himself in danger to keep them safe. Governor Reynolds offered her deepest sympathies to Marburger’s family and loved ones, emphasizing that his valiant deeds will live on in history. I hope he finds peace.

Reynolds issued an order for all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff.

ThePerryNews.com - PHOTO: Perry High School Principal Dan Marburger.
ThePerryNews.com PHOTO: Perry High School Principal Dan Marburger.

After learning of Marburger’s loss, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona posted a touching message on X on Sunday night, expressing his profound sorrow.

Dan gave his life in a selfless endeavor to protect his children from the horrific shooting that happened on January 4. The fact that an instructor had to deal with such a circumstance is incredibly tragic. Let us honor his memory with profound regard and meaningful deeds to honor his legacy.

In a touching post on GoFundMe, Dan Marburger’s family claims that he is more than just Perry High School’s principal. In addition, he puts his family first and is a loving spouse, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Dan has been Perry High School’s principal since 1995, and he views every person who has ever passed through the doors as a member of his extended family.

In a GoFundMe page published on Sunday, Dan Marburger’s family said they were incredibly appreciative of his selflessness and called his sacrifice the greatest of all. They underlined that the Marburger family and the entire Perry Community will always be affected by Mr. Marburger’s unselfish deed.

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