March 7, 2012

Report: TJ Lane, alleged school shooter, grew up with family violence

I wish I could say this surprises me, but it doesn’t, but it does sadden me that this has happened.

Can anyone again dare say Domestic Violence doesn’t affect the children?  How many out there can hold onto their belief that Domestic Violence doesn’t hurt children as long as they aren’t themselves physically abused?  Too often we’ve heard that killers and those that have problems with the law have a past of child abuse and domestic violence, yet so many still hold onto their belief that the children aren’t affected!  It’s time to open your eyes, time to get to a place of understanding that Domestic Violence is NOT a family issue, it’s an issue that affects society as a whole and tears apart communities if left unattended.

In the second article it mentions that he was also bullied…  It’s no wonder with all this rolled in that he became the way he was, my question is this… with all the awareness out there about child behaviors, domestic violence, abuse, and bullying why wasn’t anything done for this kid before he snapped?  This is something that could have been prevented…

My prayers go out to the families that have been affected by this, and I pray that TJ gets the help that he’s so desperately has needed all these years now that it’s finally come into the light in such a way as to not be ignored…

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February 28, 2012 2:59 PM

(CBS) CHARDON, Ohio - TJ Lane had violence in his life from the beginning, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Pictures: 3 killed, 2 injured in Ohio high school shooting

Geauga County court records show the father of the teenager who police say shot five students at Chardon High School on Monday had been arrested many times for violent crimes against women. 

According to the records, more than once, police or courts warned him to stay away from the boy and his mother. 

Authorities say TJ Lane walked into the high school cafeteria early Monday and targeted a group of students sitting at one of the tables. Three of the students were killed, and two more were injured.

The records say between 1995 and 1997, the boy's father and mother, Sara A. Nolan, were each charged with domestic violence against each other.

At a later date, the father was charged with assaulting a police officer and served time in prison after trying to suffocate another woman he married several years after his son was born, according to court records.

Some youths who attended a vigil at a church on Chardon's square Monday evening said that the TJ Lane lived with his grandparents and had multiple step and half-siblings. His grandmother declined to comment.

Lawyer Bob Fairnacci, who is representing the suspect, read a statement from the Lane family after word of the first fatality, reports NBC affiliate WKYC.

"The family...wanted to give their most heartfelt and sincere condolences to the family of the young man who passed and their continuing prayers are with all those who were injured. This is something that could never have been predicted. TJ's family has asked for some privacy while they try to understand how such a tragedy could have occurred and while they mourn this terrible loss for their community."

TJ Lane attended Lake Academy, an alternative school in Willoughby for students in Lake and Geauga counties. His peers said the 17-year-old shooting suspect was quiet. Some said he was sweet, while others said he had a simmering temper.

Lane had one prior case in Geauga County Juvenile court two years ago. Officials would not release information on the case, however, several at the court said the family's troubles were known to social workers in the county.

Anthony Gracco, a junior at Chardon High School, said he and TJ Lane played basketball together after school several years ago. He said TJ seemed like a happy kid.

"I was shocked," he said. "I didn't think he would do something like this. He wasn't a violent kid. I'm sad about it."

Complete coverage of the Chardon, Ohio school shooting on Crimesider

Original Article

Accused Ohio school shooter T.J. Lane has violence in family history

TUESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2012 15:08

BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New details about T.J. Lane, the Ohio high schooler accused of killing three students and wounding two others during a shooting spree on Monday, are surfacing.

Lane's father had been arrested in the past for violent crimes against women, and one of them was T.J. Lane's mother.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Lane’s father and mother were each charged with domestic violence against each other between 1995 and 1997. Lane’s father had also been charged with assaulting a police officer, according to records. It is not known if the father and son had much contact.

CNN reported that hospital officials at MetroHealth Medical Center in Ohio said a third student, Demetrius Hewlin, had died of wounds from the shooting Tuesday morning. Daniel Parmertor, 16, died on Monday, and 17-year old Russell King Jr. was declared brain dead on Tuesday.

According to CBS News, Lane told law enforcement sources that he had warned his friends about his plans two days in advance of the shooting. Lane is scheduled to appear in juvenile court Tuesday afternoon. He had reportedly been a victim of bullying in the past.

Witness Heather Ziska, 17, said she was in the cafeteria when students heard popping noises in the hallway. According to the Los Angeles Times, she said she saw a fellow student enter the cafeteria and begin shooting. Student Danny Komertz said he saw a student dive under a cafeteria table to unsuccessfully hide from the rampage.

Assistant football coach and study hall teacher Frank Hall chased the gunman out of the school, according to students, and likely prevented the death numbers from being higher.

Lane had posted a poem on Facebook back in December which was being read more closely since Monday’s tragedy. It began, “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.”

The rambling poem ended with the ominous, “Die, all of you.” It can be read in its entiretyhere.

Gregg Jantz, a psychologist from Seattle, told the Huffington Post that Lane’s poem was an immediate red flag. He said, "That kind of writing is warning sign of an impending disaster."

Original Article

Facebook Post By Chardon Ohio High School Shooting Suspect T.J. Lane

Feb 27, 2012 2:14 PM EST

Witnesses of the high-school shooting that killed one student and wounded four others tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer that schoolmateT.J. Lane is the alleged gunman. Read the chilling Facebook letter that Lane posted on Dec. 30, 2011. Plus, more breaking updates.

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, allthose 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 peasents 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.

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