This post is not about bullying. It is a post about the loss of more innocent lives. It is an effort to wake people up to the fact that there are often signs that are indicative of potential tragedy.
CHARDON, OHIO was the scene of yet another violent act at a school. This time, a young man by the name of T.J. Lane is alleged to have shot three students. According to the Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce, T.J. confessed taking a gun and a knife to school the day of the shootings.
He is quoted as saying, “He chose them randomly.” At a news conference, Joyce said that Lane was “not well” and that the incident had nothing to do with bullying or drugs. TJ Lane admitted firing 10 shots with a .22-caliber pistol Monday morning at Chardon High School.
Chardon, Ohio’s residents are uniting in the same way that so many residents of other towns have united in the past. As they bond, their voices echo why and how? How did this young man slip through the cracks? Why didn’t someone pick up on the fact that something was so wrong? Apparently, Lane had posted a troubled poem on Facebook. I keep wondering why someone, anyone and everyone didn’t do something when they read his disturbing words.
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… I am Death… Die, all of you.
Have the courage to care enough to react when you witness something wrong. Dare to make a difference. That is the only way that potential tragedies will remain potential and not actual.
Chardon High School is every school in every town and what happened there can happen anywhere.
May you rest in peace Daniel Parmertor and Russell King Jr. and Demetrius Hewlin.
May God help your families and friends endure this pain and grow from it. Give all of us the strength to make a difference in some way… so that no more young lives will be lost senselessly.