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image Shooting occurred on February 27, 2012 near Cleveland, Ohio

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February 28, 2012 -- The following notes are from the Wikipedia community of writers and editors following the developing story of the Chardon High School shooting, which took place Monday morning, February 27, 2012, in Chardon, Ohio.

Anticipated notability

It is anticipated that this topic will meet the notability standards. It is being reported nationally. It is one of several crimes of its type that are happening at a phenomenal rate in the USA. A person has died as a result. It will, in MHO, be used as a case study of the phenomenon (it has already been reported as being typical of this type of crime). It not only effects the people who live and attend school in the immediate area, but students and teachers through out the country (USA) because it is part of a phenomenon. I believe that is the future people will want to look this subject up to clarify the details, just as they do the Columbine High School massacre and the Virginia Tech shooting.--Ishtar456 (talk) 18:27, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

It's a school shooting, so almost certainly to be notable... (talk) 20:51, 27 February 2012 (UTC)

Is the count correct?

The article reads: gunman shot four male students, Daniel Parmertor, Russell King, Nate Mueller, Demetrius Hewlin and Nick Walczak in the cafeteria."

That's 5 by my count, and then the article adds another name and sates that 5 people were injured. Can someone check this and fix the discrepancy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:32, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Really good question. Nate Meuller was grazed by a bullet in the ear. He was not one of the injured that were taken to the hospital. His name was not originally in that sentence and his name is not mentioned in the citation for that sentence. It was a detail that was probably inserted by one of the several unregistered editors that are running a muck on this article. I guess I will go fix it now.--Ishtar456 (talk) 13:43, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Alledged shooter

As the person who started this article, I have to say that I am opposed to putting the name of the suspect in the article before the police have identified him. I just read an article about how photos that have been publicized supposedly of the suspect were not even him. I know this is being reported on CNN, but the identification comes from a high school student, not the police and I think that it is a big mistake to put it here at this time. --Ishtar456 (talk) 00:14, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

The wording used in the article is very clear in stating that this is an allegation, and it specifies who is making it. At no point does the article say anything along the lines of "T.J. Lane is the shooter". I think there is more than enough press information and he's certainly a person of interest in this event, so I don't see any problem with his name being included as long as we continue to keep it clear that he is not an official suspect. Also, don't forget WP:OWN...the fact that you started this article is irrelevant to its' content. (talk) 00:43, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
I did not say I owned it, but I do feel responsible if people start reporting on it in a reckless manner and I really think that the name should be left out until the police ID him.--Ishtar456 (talk) 01:18, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
I agree that the name should be left out until it is official. The media set a bad example to be followed. May we forever hope that wikipedia has better standards than the newspapers. (talk) 07:00, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Declaring people dead

I just want to point out that Action 19 News may have reported that King was dead the evening of the 27th, but no one else was. Actually, I did not even see where they had named him at that point, but unfortunately, this article reported it as so. He was not pronounced brain dead until 12:42 AM on the 28th. Since there is still one more victim in critical condition and another in serious condition, I really hope that editors of this page don't pronounce anyone else dead before the doctors do. It has actually happened already here today when someone wrote that a third victim had died (it was quickly edited, thank goodness).--Ishtar456 (talk) 16:27, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

To be clear, major media outlets say that there are indeed three deaths now. —AySz88\^-^ 18:19, 28 February 2012 (UTC)
Now they are. Can you imagine that you are a friend of one of these guys and you are wondering how they are and the word has not gotten to you yet that they have died... and WOW, you read it on wikipedia. I hope there are not any more deaths. There is still one in serious condition. --Ishtar456 (talk) 18:58, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Source: The Associated Press

Article: Chardon High School shooting

The Chardon High School shooting occurred on February 27, 2012, at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, United States. Three people were killed and two others were hospitalized. One person was arrested.


The shooting began approximately at 7:30 AM (EST) in the Chardon High School cafeteria.[3] A student witness said that the shooting began in the cafeteria before first period while students were eating breakfast. According to reports, a boy "stood up and started shooting, and then it was chaos."[4]

A surveillance video showed the gunman shot four male students, Daniel Parmertor, Russell King, Demetrius Hewlin and Nick Walczak, in the cafeteria. He shot at least three of them in the back of the head.[1] As he fled, the suspect shot student Joy Rickers in the buttocks.[1] The suspect was chased out of the school by two teachers, Frank Hall (a football coach) and Joseph Ricci.[5] The shooter was arrested outside the school near his car on Woodin Road.[4]

Five students were seriously injured, three of whom later died.[7] [10] Two students, a male and a female, were taken to local Hillcrest Hospital, while three others were flown by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.[3] A sixth student, Nate Mueller, was superficially injured when a bullet grazed his ear.[2]


At noon on February 27, Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna announced in a news conference that one of the victims had died.[11] The first deceased student was identified as Daniel Parmertor, a 17-year-old high school junior, by a spokeswoman for Cleveland's MetroHealth Medical Center. His family issued the following statement: "We are shocked by this senseless tragedy. Danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him. The family is torn by this loss. We ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."[12] When the gunman opened fire, Parmertor was in the cafeteria waiting for a bus to the Auburn Career Center vocational school in nearby Concord Township, where he studied computer science.[3]

By the afternoon of February 27, Police Chief McKenna said that one of the two students brought to the local hospital was in stable condition, and the other one was in serious condition. He also said that the two students who remained at the hospital in Cleveland were in critical condition.[13] At 12:42 AM the next day, a second student, Russell King, Jr., 17, was pronounced brain dead at MetroHealth Medical Center,[14] and later that morning, died.[6] Witness, Nate Mueller, said that King had recently started dating the suspect's former girlfriend. King, a junior, studied technologies of alternative energies. He was enrolled at both Chardon High School and at the Auburn Career Center.[7]

On February 28, it was reported that Demetrius Hewlin, the third student that was transferred to Cleveland, had died. His family released this statement:"We are very saddened by the loss of our son and others in our Chardon community. Demetrius was a happy young man who loved life and his family and friends."[8]

Alleged shooter

Witnesses recognized the shooter as Thomas "T.J." Lane, 17.[15] Late Monday, an education official noted that the suspected shooter was not a student at Chardon High School, but attended Lake Academy, an alternative school in nearby Willoughby. The alternative school serves 7th through 12th grade students who may have been referred to the school because of academic or behavioral problems. [16] Witnesses also said Lane appeared to be targeting students who were sitting together at one table.[17] While interviewing with reporters only a few hours after the shooting ended, a "Chardon High School student identified T.J. Lane to CBS News as the suspect in the Ohio school shooting that left one dead and four injured;" [2] however, "Authorities have not yet officially identified Lane as the shooter, but according to the Associated Press, by early afternoon, police and FBI had surrounded a house in a rural part of Chardon, identified in public records as belonging to Thomas Lane."[2]

There were reports that there had been a warnings about the shooting posted on a social networking site or sent in a text. GlobalGrind reported the letter written by Lane and posted to his Facebook profile on December 30, 2011:

In a time long since, a time of repent, The Renaissance. In a quaint lonely town, sits a man with a frown. No job. No family. No crown. His luck had run out. Lost and alone.
The streets were his home. His thoughts would solely consist of "why do we exist?" His only company to confide in was the vermin in the street. He longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet.
They too should feel his secret fear. The dismal drear. His pain had made him sincere. He was better than the rest, all those ones he detests, within their castles, so vain. Selfish and conceited.
They couldn't care less about the peasents they mistreated. They were in their own world, it was a joyous one too. That castle, she stood just to do all she could to keep the peasents at bay, not the enemy away.
They had no enemies in their filthy orgy. And in her, the castles every story, was just another chamber of Lucifer's Laboratory. The world is a sandbox for all the wretched sinners.
They simply create what they want and make themselves the winners. But the true winner, he has nothing at all. Enduring the pain of waiting for that castle to fall. Through his good deeds, the rats and the fleas.
He will have for what he pleads, through the eradication of disease. So, to the castle he proceeds, like an ominous breeze through the trees. "Stay back!" The Guards screamed as they were thrown to their knees. "Oh God, have mercy, please!"
The castle, she gasped and then so imprisoned her breath, to the shallow confines of her fragile chest. I'm on the lamb but I ain't no sheep. I am Death. And you have always been the sod. So repulsive and so odd.
You never even deserved the presence of God, and yet, I am here. Around your cradle I plod. Came on foot, without shod. How improper, how rude. However, they shall not mind the mud on my feet if there is blood on your sheet.
Now! Feel death, not just mocking you. Not just stalking you but inside of you. Wriggle and writhe. Feel smaller beneath my might. Seizure in the Pestilence that is my scythe. Die, all of you. [18]

According to a comment posted by Lane on January 20, 2012, he "wrote it [himself] in class one day." [18] By the evening of February 27, at least one news source reported, "After news broke that T.J. Lane might be the shooter, news sources scrambled to get confirmation from local sources. Local police, federal agents and school officials have so far remained tight-lipped as to whether the identification is accurate."[19]


Later in the morning, Governor of Ohio John Kasich issued a statement concerning the incident: "Please join me in praying for the students who've been injured in this horrible crime. Praise goes to the Chardon Police and Geauga County Sheriff's office for quickly getting this situation under control. I've pledged Ohio's full support to them, the school and the local community in this difficult time."[20] The next day, the Governor order the flag at the statehouse flown at half-staff as well as all flags in Geauga County.[21]

In the wake of the tragedy, officials closed all Chardon schools on February 28, while a vigil was scheduled for that night.[22] On the night of February 27 there were several vigils held including one at Chardon Assembly of God Church.[23] Tens of thousands agreed to wear red on February 28, in support of Chardon High School when it was suggested on Facebook.[24]



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  2. ^ a b c d "Report: Student confirms ID of Chardon HS shooter as T.J. Lane". CBSNEWS. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57386079-504083/report-student-confirms-id-of-chardon-hs-shooter-as-t.j-lane/. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Official: 5 hurt, 3 Dead in Ohio high school shooting". MSNBC.com. http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/27/10517706-official-5-hurt-in-ohio-high-school-shooting. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Horton, John. "5 students hurt in shooting at Chardon High School; suspect in custody". Cleveland Live LLC. http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2012/02/at_least_4_students_hurt_in_sh.html. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Bell, Melissa. "Chardon, Ohio students recount teachers’ bravery on Twitter". The Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/chardon-ohio-students-recount-teachers-bravery-on-twitter/2012/02/27/gIQARYuBeR_blog.html. Retrieved February 27, 2021. 
  6. ^ a b "Second student dies in shooting rampage at Ohio high school, authorities say". FoxNews.com. February 28, 2012. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/27/ohio-high-school-on-lockdown-after-reports-shooting. 
  7. ^ a b c "Chardon shooting victim Russell King described as 'very social kid'". Cleveland Live LLC. http://www.cleveland.com/chardon-shooting/index.ssf/2012/02/chardon_shooting_victim_russel.html. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Chardon High School Shootings: 3rd Student is Dead". Fox8 Cleveland. February 28, 2012. http://fox8.com/2012/02/28/chardon-ohio-high-school-shootings. 
  9. ^ Farkas, Karen (February 28, 2012). "Demetrius Hewlin of Chardon dies after shooting at Ohio high school". The Plain Dealer. http://www.cleveland.com/chardon-shooting/index.ssf/2012/02/third_student_dies_after_shoot.html. 
  10. ^ "Reported Shooting At Chardon High School". New Vision Television. http://www.wytv.com/content/news/local/story/LIVE-STREAM-Reported-Shooting-At-Chardon-High/caBL7e2o8UOlWpfIwxEptg.cspx. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ Achladis, Ted. "CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING: 1 Student Dead, 4 Others Injured". Fox News. http://fox8.com/2012/02/27/chardon-high-school-on-lockdown/. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ "1 dead in Ohio school shooting; Suspect detained". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57385711/1-dead-in-ohio-school-shooting-suspect-detained/. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ Pearson, Michael. "One dead, four hurt in Ohio high school shooting". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/27/justice/ohio-school-shooting/index.html. Retrieved February 27,2012. 
  14. ^ "Chardon High School Shooting: Second Student Dies as Alleged Gunman Is Identified". ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/US/chardon-high-school-shooting-gunman-identified-tj-lane/story?id=15799815#.T0z9FXmy_cg. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Second student killed in Chardon High School shooting rampage identified". WorldNow. http://www.woio.com/story/17024182/chardon-high-school-shooting-rampage. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  16. ^ "One student killed, four injured in shooting at Ohio high school". FoxNews.com. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/27/ohio-high-school-on-lockdown-after-reports-shooting/?test=latestnews. Retrieved February 27,2012. 
  17. ^ Sheehan, Thomas. "Ohio School Shooting: 5 Students Shot, 1 Dies At Chardon High School, Suspect In Custody". The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/ohio-school-shooting-2012-chardon-high_n_1303988.html. Retrieved February 27,2012. 
  18. ^ a b "'Die, All Of You' T.J. Lane, Alleged Gunmen In High School Shooting, Writes Chilling Letter (DETAILS)", GlobalGrind. Retrieved on February 27, 2012.
  19. ^ Jones, Melanie. "Is T.J. Lane the Chardon High School Shooter? Facebook Rant, Twitter Photos Leaked Online". International Business Times. http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/305463/20120227/tj-lane-chardon-high-school-suspect-facebook.htm. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  20. ^ "BREAKING: Five students shot at Chardon High School, student suspect in custody". World Now. http://www.woio.com/story/17024182/breaking-chardon. Retrieved February 27,2012. 
  21. ^ "Ohio Gov. John Kasich orders Statehouse, Geauga flags at half-staff for Chardon shooting victim". Scripps TV Station Group. http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_geauga/ohio-gov-john-kasich-orders-statehouse-geauga-flags-at-half-staff-for-chardon-shooting-victim. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Ohio shooting: One dead at Chardon High School". BBC News. February 27, 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17182562. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  23. ^ Steer, Jen. "Vigil offers prayers, comfort after deadly Chardon High School shooting". scripps_logo_20100219110136_PNG Scripps TV Station Group. http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_geauga/vigil-offers-prayers-comfort-after-deadly-chardon-high-school-shooting. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  24. ^ Waterhouse, Mike. "Thousands join Facebook-started effort to wear red in support of Chardon High School after shooting". Scripps TV Station Group. http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_geauga/thousands-join-facebook-started-effort-to-wear-red-in-support-of-chardon-high-school-after-shooting. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 


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