— John S. Lane

5229387508_5731d6ccfb_z“On the morning of April 27, 1966, in a social studies class at Bay Shore High School on Long Island, James Arthur Frampton had words with two African-American students. There was an arrangement to fight after school at 3:00pm. 16 year old Frampton, who lived just minutes from the school, slipped out sometime after 2:00pm to go home to retrieve his Mossberg bolt-action 20 gauge shotgun, loaded it with three shells and prepared to commit murder.

Frampton returned back to school to settle his grievances. He slowly scanned the halls, all three of them while looking into classrooms and yelling out the names of his two challengers. There was very little panic, no precedence, and no protocol. There was an announcement over the public address system from the assistant principal.  He created a diversion by announcing that the buses were delayed and that all students remain in their homerooms. But most of the students, unaware of what was going on in the school, were already boarding the school buses to go home. Then another announcement ordered the students to get off the buses and return to their homerooms. Now there was confusion, panic and fear.

Language teacher, 48 year old John S. Lane a man known to have a loud, rough voice that he used frequently to yell at his students, left his homeroom. In the hallway, Lane yelled at Frampton and abruptly stated “Hey boy, what are you doing with that gun? Give it to me.” Frampton slowly turned and fired one round of #6 pellets into Lane’s abdomen and he lay wounded. This incident was the first and only school shooting between a student and a teacher in Suffolk County.”

Text from Thomas Santorelli, Film-maker

One thought on “— John S. Lane

  1. I remember that day Mr. Lane was shot. I was still in homeroom with most of the rest of our homeroom class. We heard a very loud boom and had no idea what it was. Some thought it was the bleachers in the gym collapsing. Our teacher shut the door and we waited for an announcement so we could leave. After 20-30 minutes, we were told we could leave. I didn’t go out the door for the bus, being curious, I walked down the hall but it was cordoned off. I asked
    someone what happened and was told Mr. Lane had been shot. I understand that the person who shot Mr. Lane had recently been released from a mental institution. A sad day for Bay Shore High and Mr. Lane’s family.

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