Charges filed in juvenile court against suspect in Ohio school shooting
T.J. Lane walks into court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
March 1st, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Charges filed in juvenile court against suspect in Ohio school shooting

T.J. Lane was charged Thursday afternoon on six counts related to Monday's shooting at Ohio's Chardon High School - three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count of felonious assault, according to court documents. The charges were filed in juvenile court.

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 the prosecutor.

- CNN's Laura Dolan contributed to this report.

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  1. jeffw

    Does filing charges in juvenile court negate him being charged as an adult? Or is this just the first step until that determination is made?

    March 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisB

      What is with the crazy people living in this country?! The Arizona shooter, this guy, Columbine ...

      March 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      @Chris B That's 3 people over the course of 13 years, out of a population of 300 million. There are far more people than those 3, my friend.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      That's what I was wondering too. He definitely needs to be tried as an adult. What I want to know is how was he raised? Did his parents love him, and discipline him? Did they ignore him and let him play violent video games and watch violent TV and movies from the time he was old enough to wiggle a joy stick? Did he get "time out" in his bedroom with his toys and electronics? Did anyone teach him values and morals? Did he go to Sunday School as a child?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • CindyR

      @ChrisB, don't forget about the guy at Virginia Tech...

      @Rhonda, I don't really think it matters if he went to Sunday school or not. (I know that some of the kids that when I went to Sunday school with turned out to be big time jerks) I remember hearing that he had been raised by his grandparents, and that his father abused his mother. He came from a broken home.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WayneC

    There is no question of his guilt. He knew what he was doing...Public Hanging would make others think twice before they committed such a horrible act.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Takara

      Yeah, because public hanging/capital punishment has stopped everyone else from doing ANY other horrible acts right?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • WayneC

      When was they last time you witnessed a public hanging??? NEVER...it would make others think differently. Make executions of this types of crimes public and it would slow them down.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hanover Fist

      Most people who do this sort of thing take their own lives when finished. I hardly think they would even care about the threat of a public hanging.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob O

      Does anyone in their right mind feel that he can be rehabilitated? Can he return to free society? He has killed 3 people, and probably adversely and permanently affected the lives of many other law abiding citizens. He confessed to the crime. There were multiple witnesses to his crime. Not one more cent that needs to be spent of the taxpayers dollars (including his victim's parents I might add) should be spent to have this poor kid executed inside of 1 month.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peter

    Not knowing this kid or anything about it, just looking at his face I would have pegged him as a future murderer. There's something about psycho kids/adults. I just end up saying "Yeah, I could've seen him doing this."

    March 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Febb

      Literally the stupidest thing I have ever read.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • markH

      Peter, if you're so insightful, why don't you do society the obvious service of driving around looking at everyone and telling the authorities of their inevitable future career as a murderer?
      Funny, I just see in that face a kid who's life in finished. Who knows why he did it.
      But if you have some god given ability to see murderers, then you're guilty of not using that gift to help people. Or maybe you haven't a clue what you're talking about. Maybe.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4merRepubCT

      Must be tough going through life with all of that inside information....

      March 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Yes because you know nothing about him, except that he committed this terrible act. That's the ONLY thing you know about him, so of course you could say "yeah I would have pegged him for a future murderer!" I mean the fact that everyone who knew him, even only in passing, was in total shock that it was him. Of course you know better than all of these people because you apparently have a gift for seeing "psychos".....after the fact......

      March 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • India Najones

      Peter, I award you NO points – and may god have mercy on your soul.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. draiden

    get those needles cleaned boys....

    March 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • blah blah

      why bother cleaning them?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      There is no death penalty for juveniles.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • draiden

      he should be tried as an adult and the case won't be finished until he is 18 and an adult

      March 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sean

    There are a lot of crazy people in this country ... 😐 Killing another is bad enough, and for no particular reason?!

    March 1, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RetiredVet

    This P.O.S. doesn't deserve a bulletproof vest for his "safety", he should be sharing a prision cell with Jerry Sandusky.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LINDY

    JUVENILE court he's 17!!! Means a slap on the wrist. Wake up Ohio.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Syco

      he's going to be tried as an adult.. but your ignorant self wouldn't know that would it?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim

    He should be held accountable for his crimes, like everybody else. So why is it nobody is ever prosecuted for bullying? It happens every day in every school in our country- yes, every one. If bullies were prosecuted for their crimes, mass shootings in schools like this might not happen nearly as often.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • boarddog

      If the bully kills or causes harm then they are punished.
      This guy murdered. There's a little bit of a difference there.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin in Atlanta

      That's BS. Bullying isn't a good thing and I don't condone it. But just because the child being bullied is unable to handle it, cope with it, or ignore it is no excuse to blame the bully. I know plenty of people that were bullied in school (myself included) and they never thought the correct answer to handling the situation was to kill people. Simply deal with it and move on with your life. The problem with societly today is that we coddle our children way too much.

      TJ Lane is responsible for this act. Him and no one else. He could have told the school staff, asked his parents for help, or simply just ignored it. No instead he decided to take another person's life. He is to blame. Period.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustCurious

      I've been following this story closely from several different news sources, and I've seen very little mention of bullying. I suspect this "quiet" boy had his share of teasing, but it doesn't sound like he was really bullied much. Also, the students he shot don't strike me as the kind of kids who bully. So, just curious, where do all these bullying comments come from. Am I missing something?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. HeIsGod

    This would have never happened if Atheists wouldn't have removed God and prayer from school.

    Now, they are running like loonies not knowing what to do.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4merRepubCT

      You're right. Darn those founding fathers and their separation of church and state.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeeinSea

      I am an Athiest and not running around like a loonie. Stereotype much, do you?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in Ohio

      Oh good grief, you have to be kidding. You think there was bullying when the government (i.e. the school boards) forced us to pray in school?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeeinSea

      Great point Mike in Ohio. Also, there has never been anyone killed in the name of God...right?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ImperiousLeader

      Truly, because christians NEVER kill...

      March 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cmc

    If this little skinny twerp thinks life was hard in high school, wait 'til he gets to prison. Yikes!

    March 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PJ

    The students that were bullying him should be charged with something too. Maybe if the bullys were held accoutable for their actions things like this wouldn't happen in the first place

    March 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • OHIOboy

      Nobody was bullying him.. he was not targeting anyone specific. He chose his targets at random

      March 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4merRepubCT

      No one has suggested that bullying had anything to do with this event. Where are your facts?

      March 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • salliejo

      PJ, why do you think the little thug was in an alternative school? has a long record of crimes already? He's a little jerk, not a vicitm.
      People hurt your feelings throughout life-big deal! No excuse for murdering people!

      March 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSMark

      He was NOT bullied. He was actually fairly popular. He did it because his ex-girlfriend had just dumped him to date one of the boys in the group.

      March 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. penguin

    For his punishment, he should go live with Wayne LaPierre and his family. My heart goes out to all of the students, teachers, parents, and families. I hope that Mr. LaPierre will sleep well tonight. NOT!

    March 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rparr

    doesn't matter what hes charged as, he should of just done the manly thing and took his own life. if your that unhappy just end your life, if you can't come out of it, people say its never hopeless but sometimes it just is. I don't commend suicide, but its better than killing innocent people. Yes I know my spelling and sentence structure is lacking.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    A minor being bound over to adult court can not receive the death penelty. The max is life, when convicted...

    March 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gia

    was he being bullied. usually this is what happens after being bullied.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
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