Village Comes to Aid of School Shooting Victim's Widow
Sue Klang, left, looks on as a bulldozer tears down her home. Volunteers from the Cazenovia community plan to rebuild the widow a home on the same spot.
A selfless act of bravery is being repaid with kindness in Cazinovia.
High school principal John Klang was killed two years ago when he tried to disarm a school shooter at Weston High School. Now the community is rallying to help his widow, Sue, whose home is in desperate need of repairs.
Tracy Jennings, a local contractor, explained, "the foundation was shot. You know you're talking $30 thousand for a new foundation and then you work your way up. New electrical, new heating, new plumbing, you know, add $60 or $70 thousand and still end up with an old house."
Sue had applied for the TV show, "Extreme Makeover Home Edition," but wasn't picked. That's when people around Cazenovia started passing the hat. Donations and volunteers came pouring in.
" We're just so thankful that people are such caring people in the community and they're wanting to help Sue," said Julie Lewis, a teacher at Weston who spearheaded the drive.
On Saturday workers tore down Sue's old house. Construction on a new house is scheduled to begin within the week.
The contractor hopes to have it done before the winter. In the meantime, Sue is staying with her brother in town.
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