— 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

To help honor John S. Lane


8 thoughts 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.

  2. Thank you for this. I am John (Jack) Lane. The teacher you speak of was my uncle.

    If you know any other students or teachers that went to Bay Shore HS around that time or anyone that might know more to the story please have them post, e-mail or contact me at 703 861-2913.

    Thank you.

  3. I was 11 years old and a student at Bay Shore Junior High School when the shooting occurred.
    I was living on Fire Island. Because Fire Island only had an elementary school, the high school and junior high students were bussed to the Bay Shore schools. There weren’t many of us and we shared the one big yellow bus.
    Because the junior high was dismissed before the high school we would arrive at the high school early and wait for the high school to be dismissed.
    We parked in front of the school and I had a perfect view of the events that occurred outside on that ugly afternoon.
    I saw the shooter go into the school (he stopped outside my window and was talking with his friend(s); I saw students jumping out of first floor windows; Mr. Lane on the gurney.
    Looking out of the school bus window I came face to face with some very ugly facts of life – The world can be a cold cruel scary place. People can be very dangerous. The unexpected happens. Be prepared when leaving your safe place. You are often on your own.
    But there was much goodness as well. Mr. Lane did a heroic thing by confronting the gunman. I assume there were others who did exceptional and good things that I don’t know about.
    It is perhaps ironic that a place designed to teach students gently and with support would, on that day, give such brutal lessons on the ugliest sides of life. These harsh lessons would be learned in due course, however the price paid for them on that afternoon was way too high.
    So now, 55 years later, I belatedly offer my sympathies and condolences to Mr. Lane’s family and say, with much appreciation, Thank you, Mr. Lane.

    • Thank you for sharing your story with us. These stories stay with those affected your entire life. You and all of your classmates, co-workers, and family of Mr. Lane are always in our hearts and on our Memorial.

  4. Thank you for your kind words Mr. Kurtz! This incident was a major event in my father Joseph (Joe) Lane’s life as his brother John was his best friend. Both of them and 2 other brothers were in the Navy in WWII so all were pretty close.

  5. I graduated bayshore high in1991 never knew of this incident until i came across this post
    Very horrible to find tthis out and i know it was long ago but my condolences .

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