'Die, All of You': Chardon, Ohio High School the Site of Another School Shooting
Why are our children shooting one another?
What was once inconceivable has happened again; a shooting at a High School. When the horror and panic was over, one student was dead, four others injured, a small Ohio town was devastated - and a Nation was left to once again ask the haunting question, "Why?"
TJ Lane, the alleged and accused perpetrator
CHARDON, Ohio (Catholic Online) - UPDATED: The evening brought an update to this sad story. The medical examiner has announced that one more of the victims of the Chardon High School shooting is dead. His name is Russell King Jr. and he was 17 years old. (Editor)
What was once inconceivable has happened again; a shooting at a High School apparently perpetrated by a student. When the horror and accompanying panic occasioned by this act of violence was over, one student was dead, four others were injured, a small Ohio town was devastated - and an entire Nation was left to once again ask the haunting question, "Why?"
Chardon, Ohio, about 30 miles outside of Cleveland, is home to approximately 5100 residents. The local High School has 1100 students. One of the students named Thomas "T.J." Lane is now in police custody. He is suspected of being a murderer. His crime spree was apparently interrupted when a courageous teacher chased him out of the School building thereby preventing even more bloodshed.
It all began around 7:30 A.M. on Monday, February 27, 2012. Students were eating breakfast in the High School Cafeteria. What was a normal part of their routine would soon be interrupted by an act of evil, perpetrated by their own classmate.
Law Enforcement officials would not comment on the details of the crime since the investigation is only just beginning. However, one of the students, a 15 year old named Danny Komertz, witnessed the shooting. He gave an account to local reporters which included these words,"I looked up and this kid was pointing a gun about 10 feet away from me to a group of four kids sitting at a table."
As the Nation tries to make sense out of another shooting in another High school, the speculation concerning the event filled the airwaves and the World Wide Web. It ranged from accounts of the lone gunmen having himself been the victim of bullying to his having been angry over the loss of a girlfriend to one of the students whom he shot. None of this has been confirmed.
In addition, in this age of Social Media, the following strange letter which was allegedly posted on the suspects Facebook page in December of 2011 has been released : "In a time long since, a time of repent, The Renaissance. In a quaint lonely town, sits a man with a frown. No job. No family. No crown. His luck had run out. Lost and alone."
"The streets were his home. His thoughts would solely consist of "why do we exist?" His only company to confide in was the vermin in the street. He longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet."
"They too should feel his secret fear. The dismal drear. His pain had made him sincere. He was better than the rest, all those ones he detests, within their castles, so vain. Selfish and conceited."
"They couldn't care less about the peasents they mistreated. They were in their own world; it was a joyous one too. That castle, she stood just to do all she could to keep the peasants at bay, not the enemy away."
"They had no enemies in their filthy orgy. And in her, the castles every story, was just another chamber of Lucifer's Laboratory. The world is a sandbox for all the wretched sinners."
"They simply create what they want and make themselves the winners. But the true winner, he has nothing at all. Enduring the pain of waiting for that castle to fall. Through his good deeds, the rats and the fleas."
"He will have for what he pleads, through the eradication of disease. So, to the castle he proceeds, like an ominous breeze through the trees. "Stay back!" The Guards screamed as they were thrown to their knees. "Oh God, have mercy, please!"
"The castle, she gasped and then so imprisoned her breath, to the shallow confines of her fragile chest. I'm on the lamb but I ain't no sheep. I am Death. And you have always been the sod. So repulsive and so odd."
"You never even deserved the presence of God, and yet, I am here. Around your cradle I plod. Came on foot, without shod. How improper, how rude. However, they shall not mind the mud on my feet if there is blood on your sheet."
"Now! Feel death, not just mocking you. Not just stalking you but inside of you. Wriggle and writhe. Feel smaller beneath my might. Seizure in the Pestilence that is my scythe. Die, all of you."
The student killed in this shocking incident was identified as Daniel Parmertor. The people of Chardon are mourning, and praying. Several area churches have announced prayer vigils which will be held over the next few days. In addition, counselors have begun meeting with students and the families of the victims.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Chardon, Ohio, Cahrdon High School, School shooting, fatal shooting, school violence, Thomas TJ Lane, Keith A Fournier
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