Urban Outfitters, you have outdone yourselves. Your “Eat Less” shirt was offensive. So was your “Depression” shirt. Your parody shirt with the Star of David that Jewish Holocaust victims were forced to wear was also sick and cruel. And now what? Now you are mocking a school shooting?

For some ungodly reason, Urban Outfitters thought this shirt would be funny.

If you don’t go to or have never been to Kent State, you’ve probably still heard about what happened on May 4, 1970. It didn’t directly affect me, but it was huge. It was a really big deal for our country and the war going on at the time.

In only thirteen seconds, sixty-seven rounds were fired through the air. Four unarmed students were shot and killed. It changed the history of a small town in Ohio forever. Kent State University would never be the same.

This shooting was featured in magazines (Time), newspapers (New York Times), movies (Born on the Fourth of July), and songs (Ohio). If you’ve never heard it, take a listen to Neil Young’s song “Ohio.” If you have heard it and never really paid attention, listen again. Pay attention. “Tin soldiers and Nixon’s coming. We’re finally on our own. This summer I hear the drumming. Four dead in Ohio.”

People were horrified. And we didn’t forget. Walking on campus by where these shooting took place is… eerie. Walking near where those students’ bodies dropped… is sad and… frightening. It happened right here. We see it everyday. We are reminded everyday.

There is an entire building dedicated to educating visitors about what happened that afternoon. People come from very far away to learn about this. People take pictures. There are signs and explanations.

This was a terrible day. Historical, but terrible. The fear the students and faculty felt must have been unimaginable. Some professors talk about it, what it was like to be here when it happened. Some were students themselves. It may have happened over forty years ago, but that doesn’t mean it is irrelevant. People were injured. People were killed.

And we think this sweater is trendy and cool? We think it’s hipster? This is a joke? Well, we aren’t laughing. Fuck you, Urban Outfitters! We are Kent State!

People obsessing over T.J. Lane; get a fucking grip, you're not special or cool for finding him hot or heroic. You're fucking sick and insane, he killed people, he's not a fictional character. He's a monster, so stop making him iconic here on Tumblr. It's disgusting.

The gunman in the Ohio school shooting, T.J. Lane, showed up in court Wednesday, two days after the incident, which killed three and injured two. The prosecutor, David Joyce, emphasized in his statement that the shooting was the work of a disturbed person. “This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs. This is someone who is not well,” Joyce said. “[Lane] confessed to taking the pistol and admitted he went into the cafeteria and shot 10 rounds. [He said he] did not know the students, but chose them randomly." (photo by Mark Duncan/AP; edit to correct quote)

Ohio School Shooting: Parents of Slain Student Forgive Suspected Shooter TJ Lane


When asked what she would say to the suspected shooter, Ferguson said, “I would tell him I forgive him because, a lot of times, they don’t know what they’re doing. That’s all I’d say.”

“I taught Demetrius not to live in the past, to live in today and forgiveness is divine. You have to forgive everything. God’s grace is new each and every day,” she said. “Until you’ve walked in another person’s shoes, you don’t know what made him come to this point.”

“It’s in God’s hands. Let his will be done.”

“God knew what he was doing. It’s not for my understanding, but mine to accept and remember him as he was,” Ferguson said.

Ohio school shooting: Second person dies; gunman posted dark messages
  • story A second person, 17-year-old Russell King Jr., died late last night of injuries sustained during Monday’s shooting; he was pronounced brain dead. Another person is reportedly in critical condition from the shooting, and two others are hospitalized.
  • backgroundT.J. Lane, the gunman in the shooting, has been identified by the family’s lawyer. Lane posted a Facebook note back in December which ended: “Wriggle and writhe. Feel smaller beneath my might. Seizure in the Pestilence that is my scythe. Die, all of you." source

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Please join me in praying for those involved in the Ohio School shooting

Please join me in prayer today for all those involved and affected by the shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio. I pray for the victim and his family, the children and teachers who witnessed it, as well as the parents of the shooter and the shooter as well.  May God be with them all.  It’s so sad to ponder what could drive a young person to go to such drastic measures and I pray comfort and peace upon the victim’s family.  How senseless and tragic. Jesus be with them all today. 

News Story courtesy of USA Today

CHARDON, Ohio – A gunman opened fire inside a high school cafeteria on Monday, killing one student and wounding four others, authorities said.

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    By Tony Dejak, AP

    Students leave with parents after a shooting at Chardon High School on Monday in Chardon, Ohio.


By Tony Dejak, AP

Students leave with parents after a shooting at Chardon High School on Monday in Chardon, Ohio.

The suspect, believed to be a student, was taken into custody near his car a half-mile from the suburban Cleveland school, the FBI said.

FBI agent Scott Wilson would not comment on a possible motive for the attack.

The victim has been identified by the MetroHealth Medical Center as Daniel Parmentor, according to The(Cleveland) Plain Dealer.

“We are shocked by this senseless tragedy,” his parents said in a prepared statement, according to the newspaper. “Danny was a bright young boy who had a bright future ahead of him. The family is torn by this loss.”

Panicked students screamed and ran through the halls when gunfire broke out at the start of the school day at 1,100-student Chardon High School.

Heather Ziska, 17, said she was in the cafeteria when she and other students heard popping noises in the hall. She said she saw a boy she recognized as a fellow student come into the cafeteria and start shooting.

She said she and several others immediately ran outside, while other friends ran into a middle school and others locked themselves in a teachers’ lounge.

“Everybody just started running,” said 17-year-old Megan Hennessy, who was in class when she heard loud noises. “Everyone was running and screaming down the hallway.”

Five students were taken to local hospitals, officials said. One student later died, Police Chief Timothy McKenna said. The suspect is a juvenile who was not immediately charged. His name was not released.

Sheriff Daniel McClelland said the shooter had already fled when officers arrived at the school.

Early Monday afternoon a team of federal agents searched a complex of luxury homes on a lake on a rural road in Chardon. They searched a barn on the property and gathered on the porch of a large home overlooking the lake.

Agents were from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Sheriff Daniel McClelland said the shooter had already fled when officers arrived at the school.

Freshman Danny Komertz, 15, said he was just about to leave for his first-period health class when he heard a loud popping sound and then saw the shooter open fire.

He said one student who authorities say was killed was trying to get under a table to protect himself and shield his face.

Komertz said the shooter was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied. He said there were at least 100 students in the cafeteria at the time and that most fled immediately as shots were fired.

ThePlain Dealer interviewed high school junior Nate Mueller who said he was hit in the right ear. Mueller identified the shooter by name but USA TODAY and other news organizations are withholding publication because he is a juvenile and no formal charges had been filed.

Mueller said he and his friends, including Russell King, Nick Walczak and Demetrius Hewlin, were sitting at their regular cafeteria table when the shooter approached at about 7:30 a.m.

He said he heard a gunshot behind him. He turned and felt a sting on his ear.

“My friends were crawling on the floor, and one of my friends was bent over the table, and he was shot,” Mueller said. “It was almost like a firecracker went off. I turned around and saw him (the shooter) standing with a gun and I saw him take a shot.”

Mueller, who has a scratch on his upper right ear, said he ran out of the building, hid behind a car and called 911.

He said his group was friends with the shooter through middle school, but in high school the shooter went his separate way.

Russell, he said, had recently started dating the shooter’s ex-girlfriend, who is home schooled.

“He was silent the whole time,” said Mueller, who at the time of the shooting was waiting for a bus to his culinary arts classes at Auburn Career Center. “That’s what made it so random.”

Mueller told the newspaper that the shooter typically waits for a bus that goes to Lake Academy, a school in Willoughby serving at-risk students.

Hundreds of parents who were notified of the shooting via a phone alert system rushed to the school Monday morning. Police, FBI SWAT team members, ambulances and other officials were on the scene.

Students still inside the high school were moved to a nearby elementary school for safety. They were released to their parents five at a time.

Parent Teresa Hunt told CNN she got a text from her daughter around 7:45 a.m. that the school was in a lockdown situation. Her daughter, who was not identified, said she heard five shots down the hallway near the cafeteria.

Her daughter said she was locked in a classroom.

“I believe she was sitting on the floor with another friend,” Hunt said. “The last time I talked to her, she was crying, she was trembling.”

All Chardon schools, from K-12, will be closed on Tuesday, according to local station WKYC-TV.

Chardon, OH – The TJ Lane murder trial has indefinitely been delayed. The 18-year-old Ohio teen has been charged with the three shooting deaths of his classmates. Cleveland judge David Fuhry ruled on Monday that the trial will not begin next week as scheduled. (via Chardon High School Shooting: TJ Lane Trial Delay)

The School Shooting in Ohio Today.

A 16 year old boy died today.  A 16 year old who got up that morning normally, did nothing wrong, and just went to school.  His whole life ahead, and it was just ended by the pull of a trigger. There are also 4 kids injured, 2 of them in critical condition because a PEER that opened fire in the CAFETERIA. It’s horrifying and it’s heartbreaking.  
Why did no one notice years ago that there was something unstable about the shooter? Why didn’t his parents notice he was angry or depressed?  Why didn’t the parents lock up their gun, if it was theirs?  School shootings always scare me and always sadden me, because they can be prevented and because innocent lives get ruined.    

I hope the students at the high school, the victims, and their families can find peace. 

Ohio School Shooting

one student was killed and four were injured at Chardon High School in Ohio earlier this morning when a gunman (rumored to be a student) opened fire on classmates at 7:30am this morning with a handgun, before an adult forced him out of the building. he was then taken into custody by police.

click here for the L.A. Times story

my thoughts and prayers are with the Chardon High students, the victims and their families, and members of the surrounding community

so so so tragic, i really wish we didn’t have to hear stories like this in the news. if only our society valued different sort of behaviors, and started taking a stronger stand against violence. really…when is it going to end?