‘In a quaint lonely town, sits a man with a frown. No. job. No family. No crown.’
Date: Feb 27, 2012
School: Chardon High School, Chardon, OH
Outcome: Surrendered. Prison.
T.J. Lane’s parents, Thomas Lane and Sara Nolan, never married. They had a tumultuous relationship in which both were charged with domestic violence. According to Mr Lane, Ms Nolan bit and punched him, was ‘unable to control herself with respect to the use of alcohol’, and engaged ‘in violent, dangerous conduct.’ Ms Nolan’s behaviour was bad enough that she was jailed. She however, was not as violent as T.J. Lane’s father.
Mr Lane has multiple, violent episodes that are difficult to sort out. He was charged with resisting arrest for fighting with an officer who intervened in a domestic altercation and was later imprisoned for beating and kidnapping a woman. This may have been the attack in which he ‘held his wife’s head under running water, then bashed it into the wall, hard enough to leave a dent in the drywall.’ In 1997, Mr Lane was charged with pushing a woman around and threatening to kill her. Five years later Mr Lane was imprisoned after he ‘verbally abused and physically attacked another woman over a period of nine hours in the presence of three young children.’ He was charged with attempted murder and felonious assault. If T.J. Lane was one of the three children present during this episode, he would have been seven years old. It is no surprise that ‘more than once, police or courts warned [Mr Lane] to stay away from the boy and his mother.’ Because of the family chaos, Lane was largely brought up by his grandparents, apparently living with his mother’s parents and visiting his father’s parents on weekends.
Though at first Lane was said to have been an outcast who was bullied, multiple people who knew him said that this was not true. He reportedly had friends and was not picked on and was said by many to be a nice young man who was easy to talk to.
If the attack was not revenge for bullying, why did he shoot people? Though initial reports said he did not know the victims, it was later reported that he had known some since middle school and was even Facebook friends with them. The best guess as to a motive was that one of the victims was dating Lane’s former gilrfriend. Lane walked over to the table where this boy was sitting and opened fire on him and his buddies. This may have been a crime of envy and resentment. These themes appear in a poem Lane wrote two months before his attack:
He was better than the rest, all those he detests, within their castles, so vain. Selfish and conceited. They couldn’t care less about the peasants they mistreated. They were in their own world, it was a joyous one too.
Lane clearly felt left out of the joyous world that the others seemed to live in, and he was bitterly angry about it. His poem ends on a threatening note:
Now! Feel death, not just mocking you. Not just stalking you but inside of you. Wriggle and writhe. Feel smaller beneath my night…Die, all of you.
From ‘School Shooters, understanding high school, college and adult perpetrators’ by Peter Langman
Before the attacks, he was described as, ‘one of the nicest kids you could meet’.
It was said that he often had a sad look in his eyes.
Torilyn LaCasse, described him when he was in high-school as a loner who was bullied regularly.
Lane reportedly comes from a really broken-down home. Students say he lives with his grandparents, and may have had a violent home life.
Other friends of the suspect, however, say they never saw any evidence that Lane had been picked on, and described him as a quiet but very normal teenage boy.
Evan Erasmus, one of the first to label Lane as one of the outcast type, said he couldn’t believe the sweet, quiet kid from his school was responsible for the attack.
the finger and smirks as he is sentenced to life for shooting rampage that left three Chardon High School students dead
He wore a shirt that read ‘Killer’ across his chest.
He is five-foot-and-ten-inches tall.
On February 27, 2012, at roughly 7:30 a.m., a 17-year-old boy randomly stood up and opened fire in the Chardon High School cafeteria with a .22 caliber gun. The shooter, who was later identified as TJ Lane, managed to take down six students, three of whom later died of their injuries. TJ left the gun at the scene as he fled from the school, only to be apprehended by his car parked not too far away.
He has three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.
TJ Lane escaped from prison on September 11, 2014
After the shooting on February, students that had communicated or saw T.J around the school were interviewed. One student had said, “He used to sit all by himself at lunch and people would walk by and not notice he was sitting there and just walk by like he doesn’t exist.”
If anyone knows, will you please give me his correct height, some people say 5′8. I’ve heard 5′10. If you know, send me a mesage. And if anything else is wrong send me a message. (: xx
Envelopes filled out by two school shooters who both went by the name T.J. (From my personal collection).
Anthony “T.J.” Solomon and Thomas Michael Lane III. T.J. Solomon was just 15 when he opened fire at Heritage High School in Georgia wounding 6 on May 20th, 1999. Exactly a month after the infamous Columbine High School shooting.
T.J. Lane opened fire at Chardon High School in Ohio on February 27th, 2012. He killed 3 and seriously wounded 2.