Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, was the scene of every parents’ nightmare yesterday, a school shooter run amuck. The alleged shooter has been arrested and identified as 17-year-old T. J. Lane. During the shooting, 5 boys and 1 girl were shot initially. But as of today, three of the male shooting victims have died.
According to CBS News, the shooter told authorities that he didn’t know his victims and shot them at random. Lane fired 10 shots using a .22-caliber pistol. Dead from yesterday’s shooting spree are students Daniel Parmertor, Russell King Jr, and Demetrius Hewlin.
As horrific as the day was, it brought some serious reflection and appreciation from the students at Chardon High for their teachers. Cafemom reports:
… the school kids have used words like “seriously incredible,” “selfless,” and “hero” to describe Chardon’s assistant football coach Frank Hall, a father who has now been identified as the man who put his own life at risk as he chased the shooter out of the building, and math teacher Joseph Ricci, who rescued one of the wounded students from the hallway, pulling him into a classroom and administering first aid until paramedics could take over. Their words are bittersweet for what they represent — a tragedy that has hit a school, a place where kids are supposed to feel safe.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said:
“The shootings at Chardon High School are an unspeakable tragedy, and our hearts go out to the entire community as they grieve this terrible and senseless loss. It’s still too early to know yet why a student took a firearm to school and shot his classmates. But preliminary reports indicate that if it were not for the extraordinary courage of a teacher who chased the shooter out of the school, and if not for the speedy reaction of school leaders, the toll of these shootings could have been even worse. Our thoughts today are with the children, the teachers, and the parents of Chardon. The Department has been in touch with the superintendent’s office to offer our help and support. And we will do everything in our power in coming weeks and months to help support the Chardon community as it recovers from this tragedy.”
For additional information on this tragic tale, see the attached video report.
(cover image: Flowers adorn the sign outside Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio on February 28, 2012. Gunman and student TJ Lane opened fire inside the Chardon High School cafeteria that left 3 students dead and two injured.)
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