Chardon High School Shooting Death & Shooter Identity Intensifies the Heartbreak (VIDEO)

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chardon high schoolThe news we most desperately did not want to hear about the Chardon High School shooting has arrived: There has been a death among one of the five students who were shot this morning in Ohio. It also looks like we may know who the shooter was. At least one Chardon High School student has identified the shooter as a teen named T.J. Lane although Lane's identity has not yet been confirmed. We also do not know if he is the suspect in police custody.

With these tragic updates, I almost can't bring myself to keep up with this story anymore. Looking away isn't going to change what's actually happened, of course. But wow, it's just really hard when young people die like this -- especially when it appears that they have died at the hands of another clearly troubled young person.

I know I'm not the only one who was hoping all five of the victims would recover from any gunshot wounds they suffered in the cafeteria today. However, with news of a death, this story of the Chardon shooting incident has gone from terrifying to horribly sad.

My heart goes out to the victim's family, especially the parents, who could never have imagined that they would be saying goodbye to their son or daughter for the last time this morning. And I'm sure everyone is wondering what they could have done differently. Supposedly, the shooter hinted via Twitter that he was going to bring a gun to the school. So what could other parents and school officials have done? We won't know until we learn more details.

According to Nate Mueller, the student who identified Lane as the shooter, T.J. attends a school for at-risk youth but formerly attended school with Chardon High students. Mueller also says one of his friends had been dating T.J.'s ex-girlfriend. Two of Nate's friends were among the five students shot. Was this a planned shooting over a love triangle? A parent of one of the students has also said the shooter had specific targets -- he was not just shooting randomly.

Oh, this is almost too much to bear. These high school students should not have had to face such a horrifc tragedy like this. Let's hope this first fatality is the last, and that they truly have the boy who is responsible in custody.

Does it sound to you like the shooting may have been over a broken relationship?


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PonyC... PonyChaser

Why don't we wait until we hear what actually happened, and why this young man *actually* did this, before we start speculating. That's how things get blown out of proportion, and gossip starts. And this is bad enough without all the "maybe this" and "what if that" going on.

Maevelyn Maevelyn

I think that people just want to assign logic to an illogical situation. Whatever  his "reason" is will never explained why this happened. Plenty of boys get broken up with, see the girl they like dating some one else and feel terrible. This boy has the indefinable "something wrong" with him, otherwise this wouldn't have happened. We can blame his parents, the school, lead paint on his crib, whatever or whoever we like but this will never make sense. 

nonmember avatar Melissa

My son attends this school system. I agree the speculation doesn't help anyone , but empathize w people wanting to know what's going on . If people really want to be helpful , pray and ask for prayer for the families and to the stir , report only the hard facts so u avoid angry mamas .

Torra... TorranceMom

And the second amendment bashers will be out in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

Angel... AngelaAustin

We just moved to Chardon from Bowling Green in December.  My highschool daughter was at her locker near the cafeteria where the shooting began.  She had just walked away to go to class when the shooting began.  Lockdown began immediately!  My middle school son was in the building next door.  The kids all thought it was a normal drill, until the teachers told them it was NOT a drill.   Regardless of the shooter's reasons for this insanity, the students, teachers, parents and entire community will be forever changed.  Since we haven't lived here very long, we don't know a lot of people, but my children are seeing the effects on their new friends and are not sure how to deal with it.   Praying for the 2 children that have died, one still in critical condition, and the other 2 that seem to be pulling through.   My heart hurts for my new community and for the children involved.

Sadie... Sadie0711

@ Angela Austin- I'm so glad your two children are okay! I can't even begin to imagine the fear you must have had upon first hearing about the shooting and then the utter relief you must have felt when you found out your kids were okay.

this whole thing is just so sad. and then for the WBC to say they want to protest the funeral of one of the students who died, i mean how fucked up do you have to be? it's great that the community was able to come together at a time like that, and the two teachers who saved students lives are truly amazing people.

but on a side note, speaking in general terms, a lot of violence in schools comes from students who are constantly bullied finally snapping. so i think the only way to prevent such tragidies is to try to prevent raising bullies to begin with. instead of seeing your children as perfect kids who could never do wrong, if you're made aware that your child is a bully, get them to therapy and help them stop feeling the need to torture others. between school violence and all of the suicides, these bullies need to be stopped. parents need to do everything they can to not raise bullies to begin with. no kid is perfect, and as much as it may suck to admit your child is a bully, it needs to be addressed. if parents don't make a conscious effort to make their children stop bullying other kids, as sad as it is to say, more and more children will lose their lives.

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