Breaking news in the Cleveland area. (VIDEO link included) Fox 8 is reporting that Chardon High School in Geauga County is on lockdown after shots were fired in the cafeteria approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning.
Geauga County Sheriff’s spokesman John Hiscox confirmed that shots have been fired. Scanner reports indicate that possibly four children have been shot, however, there has NOT been confirmation of this as of yet. Four ambulances from Chardon, Kirtland, Burton and Chesterland were dispatched.
At 8:10 a.m., a parent called into the Fox 8 studio and stated that at 7:35 his son called him. The son was in the cafeteria and reported that approximately 5 shots had been fired and that he was “okay.”
Geauga County has placed the school on lockdown meaning no one is allowed to enter or leave. Authorites have confirmed that 3 Life Flight helicopters are on the way to the school.
City officials said they initially did not know where the shooter is, and parents were being told at 8:21 that it might not be safe to remain near the school. A student who had been evacuated to a daycare nearby, called the Fox 8 studio and stated that there were two students involved – one was the shooter, another was fully aware of what the plan was to enter the school. Initial reports indicated that one has been apprehended however one “ran away and is hiding in the school.” The superintendent of the schools has confirmed there was one shooter and that person was a student. Rumors are flying around among students that the shooter may have actually “tweeted” about the plan to bring a gun to school.
Police are letting the students call parents and family with their personal cell phones.
Police are blocking off streets near the school. Geauga County school officials have confirmed that middle school and the high school are on lockdown as school already begun. The elementary schools have not started so the bus drivers have been instructed to take the children home immediately. If a parent is not home, the children will be taken back to their elementary school.
Classes at all the schools have been cancelled. Parents of the high school students CANNOT go to the high school. The police department is working with the board of education to transport the students to the middle school so they can be picked up. Authorities are urging parents to “stay put” until we can notify everyone where and how to pick up their children. At 10:00 a.m., the district indicated that the high school students have been taken across the street to Maple Elementary and can be picked up as follows:
- Parent or Legal Guardian Only
- Student must be signed out
- Please take identification with you
- Authorities are advising parents that haven’t gotten there to please wait a bit – it is extremely congested – and all the students are SAFE
Stay tuned to local media for continuing information. Authorities will be providing information as it is received and support will be provided for the students, faculty and staff. Grief counselors will be available for any student, family member, staff or community member effected by this tragedy.
CLICK HERE to view WJW video – Chardon Local Schools Community Coordinator Ellen Ondrey discusses the shooting this morning inside Chardon High School.
Two grieving experts with Cornerstone of Hope talk to Kristi and Wayne on Fox 8 about helping students deal with death.