According to his records, Lane was arrested twice in December 2009. News agencies published excerpts from the Facebook profile of a boy named "T. J. Lane did not live there but frequently visited on weekends. [56] The United Way set up The Chardon Healing Fund to help those traumatized by the shooting. [59], On March 2, 2012, the students returned to school. [48][49], On February 29, 2012, Timothy J. Grendell, the juvenile court judge presiding over Lane's case, allowed the release of the suspect's juvenile records to the press. A student from West Geauga High School, her mother, and neighbor organized the "Line Up At Chardon" event via Facebook. The day of the funeral, the television station reported that a human barricade consisting of thousands had readied, but the WBC protestors did not come. They told reporters that Lane had taken up weightlifting with the intention of fighting King. Chardon High School student, Danielle Samples, 16, who was in the cafeteria at the time of the shooting, told Reuters she heard a series of "pops" and someone yelled to run down the hallway into a classroom. Earlier in 2014, Nolan and his insurer, Nationwide Property & Casualty, Inc., settled. John Kasich encourages thousands at Chardon vigil to comfort, support grieving families", "Neighbors, Friends Describe the T.J. Lane They Knew", "Chardon School Shooting: Investigators Look for 'Anything, Everything, "Lake Academy staff speak about quality education and students, not about suspected Chardon High shooter", "One student killed, four injured in shooting at Ohio high school", "Ohio School Shooting: 5 Students Shot, 1 Dies At Chardon High School, Suspect In Custody", "Ohio School Shooter Allegedly Killed Ex-Girlfriend's New Boyfriend, Students Tell ABC News", "'Die, All Of You' T.J. Lane, Alleged Gunmen In High School Shooting, Writes Chilling Letter (DETAILS)", "One dead, four hurt in Ohio high school shooting", "Prosecutor: Suspect admitted to shootings at school", "T.J. Lane's history in focus: Records indicate Chardon shooting suspect has troubled past", "Judge makes accused Chardon shooter T. J. A student told reporters that Hall frequently spoke of how much he cared for the students, a feeling which was shown by his actions. [68] He outlined conditions under which the media could participate, including not taking any facial photographs of the defendant or his family. On March 2, 2012, the students entering the building received a warm welcoming. At noon on February 27, 2012, Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna announced in a news conference that one of the victims had died. After Lane's arrest, law enforcement determined that the gun used in the shooting was purchased legally. On February 27, 2012, six students were shot at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, resulting in the deaths of three of them. By the time the story was posted on the television station's web site, 1600 people had agreed to join Alex in his counter-protest. The organizers invited participation in the three-quarter-mile walk on Facebook; the day before the activity, over 225 students had shown interest in participating. The students stated that King had previously threatened to beat Lane up. [6] Later that month the decision was made to charge Lane as an adult. They were referred there from public schools in the region because of academic or behavioral needs. According to Ohio law, "a child may be found competent only if able to grasp the seriousness of the charges, if able to understand the court proceedings, if able to aid in the defense and if able to understand potential consequences. Lane also knew some of the victims from middle school. King, a junior, studied alternative energy technologies. We were running a little late, but we weren't late enough. [2][41], After Lane's arrest, law enforcement determined that the gun used in the shooting had been purchased legally by his uncle. The weapon Lane used in the shooting was a .22 caliber handgun. [12] Friends of Hewlin said that he liked to work out and wanted to be on the football team. Two additional defense attorneys were assigned to the case in March. At the prosecutor's request, the judge directed that the attorneys involved in the case refrain from speaking to the media regarding the proceeding. [31], Seventeen-year-old Nick Walczak was shot several times, in the arm, neck, cheek, and back. [38], On the morning of the shooting, Ohio Governor John Kasich issued a statement praising the Chardon Police and Geauga County Sheriff's office for their handling of the incident and pledging support to the community. Students expressed thanks to them for their "courageous actions" on Twitter. "[8], On the second anniversary of the shooting, February 27, 2014, the families of the three deceased students, plus that of Nick Walczak as plaintiff, filed a wrongful death suit against the Chardon School District and Lake Academy Alternative School in Lake County Common Pleas court. Two other wounded students were also hospitalized, one of whom sustained several serious injuries that have resulted in permanent paralysis. On September 11, 2014, Lane, along with two other inmates, escaped from Allen Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio. On the morning of the shooting, Ohio Governor John Kasich issued a statement in which he praised the Chardon Police and Geauga County Sheriff's office for their handling of the incident and pledged support to the community. After the hearing, prosecutor David Joyce indicated that he would attempt to try Lane as an adult and file three counts of aggravated murder, among other charges, for the incident. Three male students died within two days following the incident. The profile did not give a location but several of the user's friends were listed as being from Chardon. [4] A second concern regarded prosecutor Joyce's statement at the conference that Lane "is someone who's not well. They described him as friendly and nice, but not very talkative. [3][24][33][38] They were reluctant to release his name, since he was a juvenile. Police conducted searches at a wooded area and a residential neighborhood near the prison, and considered him and Opperud as "potentially armed and dangerous". On February 27, 2012, a shooting took place at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, in which three students died within two days of the incident.Two other students were hospitalized, one of whom sustained several serious injuries requiring extensive rehabilitation, and the other suffered a minor injury. As he entered rehabilitation a week later, in "fair condition", there were questions about whether he would be able to walk again. He smiled and smirked during the hearing. Judge Timothy J. Grendell began the proceeding by asking the media not to take photographs of the defendant until it was determined whether or not he would be tried as an adult. [39][40] The residence, along with other properties owned by the Lane family, were searched extensively on the day of the shooting. [60][61], Classes resumed the next day. [27] Lane had known some of the victims from middle school. Visit our COVID-19 resource page. Chardon High School Principal Andy Fetchik spoke to rally the student body and encourage them to help each other during the healing process, while Kasich encouraged Chardon residents to support those who had lost loved ones. However, on June 20, a motion was filed with the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas stating that if someone were to pay a $120 fee, he could remain in the Portage-Geauga County Juvenile Detention Center. The law says a child with a mental illness or an intellectual or developmental disability may not be found competent. "[33], Thomas Michael "T. Other student witnesses said that Lane appeared to aim specifically at King that morning, indicating that he was the first to be shot of the students at his table. [87] In the Youngstown prison, Lane was restricted to his cell for 23 hours a day, with one hour of recreation daily.