Deadline looms to charge alleged Ohio school shooter
This photo from Facebook shows alleged shooter T.J. Lane.
March 1st, 2012
06:36 AM ET

Deadline looms to charge alleged Ohio school shooter

Authorities have until Thursday to file charges against T.J. Lane, the teen accused of killing three students and wounding two others in a shooting at an Ohio high school.

A judge ordered prosecutors to file charges by Thursday. Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce has said Lane will face three counts of aggravated murder, along with other charges related to the Monday morning shooting at Chardon High School.

Joyce has also said that Lane would most likely be tried as an adult.

Lane, a 17-year-old sophomore, has confessed to taking a .22-caliber gun and a knife to the school and firing 10 rounds as scared students and teachers ran for cover, according to Joyce.


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  1. AMERICA 1st

    He better make sure he can play the lip hummer!

    March 1, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. AMERICA 1st

    Big bubba is gona expect a daily tune on the bonafone!

    March 1, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andy Taylor

    You two seem very familiar with this kind of thimg.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa


      March 1, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • high hopes

      America First can't wait for some
      perverted child molester to get his
      dirty hands all over him. Makes it
      easier to dehumanize him by calling
      HIM an IT. Can't help but wonder
      where he's been...

      Are You Experienced?
      ~Jimmy Hendrix

      March 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. high hopes

    I read the assault charge which was reduced to disorderly conduct was as a result of him protecting his brother from being assaulted by his uncle and he was given 24 hours of community service.

    Those who know me, know I don't believe in charging juveniles as adults. Our juvenile system provides rehab, mental health counseling and intervention that the adult penal system doesn't. This boy has been the victim of abuse his whole life and provided no protection from his abusers.

    I don't condone what he did and believe he should be punished, but not to that degree. We failed him first. To charge him as an adult is passing the buck, once again and perpetuating a failed system.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      @high hopes ... I agree with you. Many people lack the ability to truly understand the emotional toll abuse can have on a person, especially the young. He was born into a home where he was never given a chance, and yet no one understands because all they see is the 17-year-old murderer he is now. I see the child he once was and the suffering he's endured and how it led him to this point. He should be held accountable of course, but he needs help. He's needed help his whole life and no one gave that to him. Shouldn't he deserve a chance?

      March 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    @high hopes: i agree. we call them minors for a reason.

    every minor is the responsibility of an adult somewhere. not trying to say kids can't get away with things.. but somehow, some way, that adult dropped the ball.

    is it then the adults fault? not quite.. it's not a perfect world.. the problem is human nature, and not much we can do about that.. we shouldn't take it out on the children.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      This is a touchy subject but I do agree with the two posts above.

      March 1, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • common sense

      If the dead kid was yours, I bet your views might be different..

      March 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes


      My feelings would remain the same.
      And you'd be surprised at how many
      parents, actually, get it.

      Protecting our children goes far beyond
      the responsibility of the schools. It takes
      the whole community and they failed in
      protecting him.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AMERICA 1st

    That punk knew what it was doing when it murdered those students. It should be tried as an adult!

    March 1, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Yes he knew what he was doing, but he was emotionally incapable of caring because of the abuse and neglect he's suffered his whole life. I know that's hard to understand. He deserves to be punished, but he also deserves help and the chance to be rehabilitated. I don't know how old you are, but I'm only 28 and I see 17 year olds as kids, because I know how much I've changed in the last 10 years. At 17 you are not fully mature, no matter which way you look at it, and that's talking about people who've had "normal" upbringings. It's worse for children who grew up not with loving, stable parents but with violent criminals.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    While I would tend to agree with @ high hopes and @ lee, there is still the need to deter others from gloing down the same road. Punishment is in order.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      i'm saying try him as a minor, that's all. not don't punish him at all

      March 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. common sense

    Let say this kid was bullied, there were so many places he could have gone for help, like is parents for one or the school authorities, but instead he took the law in his hands and shot those kids.. It is time to teach our kids that we only have one life and no more...

    March 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • high hopes


      Take the time to read the truth about his
      home life. His father was extremely abusive
      as was his uncle. Kids can only take so much
      before they break. Torture, like that described
      by the woman who was held under a faucet
      while taking heavy blows to the head, renders
      a person to hopelessness. This boy has
      suffered enough punishment. What he
      needs is help!

      Bless the Children,

      March 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • common sense

      I agree but no matter what one goes through in life doesn't justify taking ones life...

      March 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Many times our own life experiences make it difficult to understand the lives and choices of others, so I see your point. But try to understand that this kid never had a chance ... he didn't grow up in a stable, loving environment ... he was neglected, experienced physical and emotional abuse and witnessed violence committed by the very people who are supposed to provide him with security ... so at some point, as a child, he believed no one cared enough to help him and he had no one to turn to. When you've given up hope, something as simple as "asking for help" really isn't so simple anymore. When the people who are supposed to love you, support you and care for you (your family) and they don't, and that's all you've ever known, what part of you is supposed to believe that strangers or even aquaintances are going to care enough? Maybe in hindsight he'll realize he had other options, but it's too late for that now.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      In addition, please don't mistake understanding as justification for what he did. It's not; they're separate issues. He needs to take responsibility for his actions and pay in some way for what he did, but that doesn't mean I can't feel compassion for him and try to understand what caused him to become this way, what caused him to be able to take the lives of others.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • common sense

      @sarah.. I know there many many kids going through the same situation as this kid or even worse, but does this mean all this kids have to go around killing their mates.. so why not kill himself?

      March 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • common sense

      @hopes.. So why didn't he kill his dad or uncle? That would've made sense to me..

      March 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Smurff

    They charge underage kids all day everyday as adults in L.A. California so why not in Ohio?? Oh yeah he`s (white) and not in a (gang) lucky him!! Those type get to plead insanity

    March 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      who needs a point, right? it shouldn't happen in ca, either.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I applaud you for your efforts to bring race into this, however irrelevant it is.

      March 2, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. high hopes


    NO child should be tried as an adult, period.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |