On Monday morning, one student was killed and four others were wounded in a shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio, 30 miles east of Cleveland. Students reported that T.J. Lane walked up to a table in the cafeteria of the high and began shooting, never saying a word. Lane was arrested after he was chased down and captured by a teacher. Daniel Parmertor, 16, died on the morning of the shooting and at 12:42 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Russell King Jr., 17, was pronounced brain dead.
Lane was known by many of the students in the school, but during the time of the shooting, he was there to get transported to Lake Academy Alternative School in nearby Willoughby. Lake Academy describes itself as an “at risk” school for students who are “reluctant learners” and struggle with problems such as “substance abuse /chemical dependency, anger issues, mental health issues, truancy, delinquency, difficulties with attention/organization, and academic deficiencies.” According to a few friends, Lane lived with his grandparents and didn’t like to speak about his personal life. Lane was described as quiet and usually kept to himself. Lane’s motive for the shooting remains a mystery. The three wounded students remain in the hospital in stable and critical conditions.
Updated: A third person has been pronounced dead due to the shooting at Chardon High School. Demetrius Hewlin, who had been in critical condition, died on Tuesday morning. He was 16-years-old. Families of the three deceased students will donate their childrens’ organs. One student has reportedly been released from the hospital, while the other wounded student remains in the stable condition.