The Chardon High School shooting occurred on February 27, 2012, at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, United States. Three male students died within the two days following the incident. Two other students were hospitalized: one of whom sustained several serious injuries requiring extensive rehabilitation, the other with a minor injury.

While rumors of a warning of the event having been posted on the Internet circulated, student witnesses identified the shooter as Thomas “T. J.” Lane III, a 17 year-old juvenile.  The weapon Lane used in the shooting was a .22 caliber handgun.  At an initial court hearing, the prosecutor revealed that he admitted to shooting 10 rounds of ammunition from the gun during the shooting, which began in the school cafeteria at approximately 7:30 a.m., shortly after school began.  Although Lane told police that he did not know the victims and that they were chosen randomly, witnesses stated that it appeared he targeted a specific student and the group he was sitting with in the cafeteria.

On March 19, 2013, Lane was sentenced to three life sentences in prison without parole.  After entering the courtroom, he took off his dress shirt to reveal a white T-shirt underneath which had the word “Killer” handwritten across the front.  He smiled and smirked during the hearing.  After being sentenced, Lane said to the victims’ families and the courtroom, "This hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory. Fuck all of you", while giving the middle finger.

My thoughts on todays shooting down the way.

It really upsets me to know that all these schools complain and beg for pity, but at the same time have not taken any actions. Todays tragedy at Chardon High School could have been prevented. The tweets from the night before making it clear he was bringing a gun, students saying he was an outcast and bullied a lot. You can’t tell me that no teacher or principal was aware of this & if they didn’t know, then where the hell were they during school hours?  I think Obama needs to step in at this point to ensure we tackle this in our school zones and make better prevention plans with tactics. It hurts to know that no one stepped in until it had come to this. No, you guys don’t have the right to point fingers in this case at all! I’m not condoning what TJ Lane did, but Daniel and TJ were both victims here and someone needs to make that apparent, so we can learn and grow; WE NEED TO focus on a way to prevent this. Lets stop dictating what hair, piercing, tattoos, certain colors, cell phones, what your allowed to wear etc etc and focus on whats actually happening in front of the eyes..bullying; I witness this first hand at my High School..its sad that these teacher & staff get paid for this job at this point. Best example is a prisons response to out rage and etc in them.. they focus on that to resolve them from spiraling into something like this. It makes sense and clear that schools are not focusing on the right principles anymore and thats not okay.   - Sorry needed to voice my opinion.