The latest school shootings at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, have reminded us that these school massacres did not end with the horrors of Columbine High School in Colorado on April 20, 1999, but have continued right up to the present. Some of these planned shootings have been nipped in the bud by students aware of what was about to happen. But the latest shooting simply indicates that as long as the public schools are the way they are, there will be no end to these killings.
The town of Chardon is located about 30 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio. The high school has about 1,100 students. At 7:30 a.m, on Monday, February 27, 2012, a 17-year-old at-risk student by the name of Thomas “TJ” Lane entered the school cafeteria and began shooting. Two students, Daniel Parmentor, 16, and Russell King Jr. 17, were immediately killed. Three others, two boys and a girl, were wounded, but one boy later died in the hospital.
The shooter was described as a victim of bullying and an outcast. The victims were in the school's cafeteria waiting for a bus for the Auburn Career Center when the shots were fired. According to a survivor, Lane attended Lake Academy for at-risk students.
The sheriff said Lane turned himself in to bystanders off-site from the school in Chardon Township. All classes in the Chardon school district were cancelled for the day. A spokeswoman said the district's schools would be closed on Tuesday as well. Grief counselors were on hand for students at Chardon Middle School from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
These shootings in public schools have caused many citizens to ask why this is happening.
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