Two Dead in OH School; Suspect’s Father Had Arrests for Violence


T.J. Lane, accused shooter at Ohio’s Chardon High School had violence in his life from the beginning, says the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Court records show his father had been arrested many times for violent crimes against women in his life, including Lane’s mother. More than once, police or courts warned him to stay away from the boy and his mother. Authorities said the teen walked into the high school cafeteria yesterday and aimed it at several boys. In the end, three students were seriously wounded and two were killed.

T.J. Lane is to appear in Geauga County Juvenile Court today. A statement from his family said, “This is something that could never have been predicted. TJ’s family has asked for some privacy while they try to understand how such a tragedy could have occurred and while they mourn this terrible loss for their community.” Fellow students said the 17-year-old was quiet. Some said he was sweet; others said he had a simmering temper. His Facebook page, now deleted, had a photo that showed him bare-chested, glaring down toward the camera. In another picture, dated 11 days ago, he is sitting on a bed peering out from behind a giant teddy bear with a heart that says, “Be Mine.” He listed his interests as anime and primitive hunting.

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