Ohio school-shooting suspect to be tried as adult
T.J. Lane is accused of shooting students in the Chardon High School cafeteria in February.
May 24th, 2012
12:28 PM ET

Ohio school-shooting suspect to be tried as adult

A 17-year-old accused of killing three students and injuring others during a shooting at an Ohio high school this year will be tried as an adult, Geauga County Judge Timothy Grendell has ruled.

T.J. Lane is charged with three counts of aggravated murder, two of attempted aggravated murder and one of felonious assault in connection with February shooting at Chardon High School, about 30 miles east of Cleveland.

Authorities said Lane opened fire on students in Chardon High School's cafeteria.

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  1. Mr Dalloway

    As long as bullying continues this will happen.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatareyoutalkingabout?

      Yes, give the murderer an excuse for being a horrible person.

      May 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      As long as their is bullying we can expect this to continue? My generation (I grew up in the 70's...early 80's) had PLENTY of bullying but we did NOT have these shootings. Things usually ended with a fist fight.....where both parties end up as friends or it simply fizzled. Please don't tell me you've bought into this politically correct and rediculous war on bullying? What's next? No emotional displays of any kind permitted on school grounds. No more friendships because it's not fair to the kids that have no friiends? Kids have to get a long and cope in life. Sheltering that from them isn't helpful and it's frankly impossilbe becuase it goes against human nature. You act like this kid wasn't guilty. Oh it's just a natural response to bullying? Nonsense.

      May 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lorraine hiebert

    your kids are like your garden, sometimes thing grow good and other times try as hard as you can and it will not work, a good basic home with the Golden Rule and respect for others should be taught early, but oh oh wait till they meet the wrong person and there goes your rules, happened many times, as parents you have to try your best to raise good decent kids but should also realize that from the best of families comes the nuts.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jferg

    For those who dont know, columbine happened after a severely depressed And suicidal young man came under the influence of another young man, this one a psychopath who by definition was incapable of comprehending the feelings of others or seeing others (his 'best friend'/accomplice included) as anything but tools to accomplish his ultimate goal, which seems to be ensuring that he punished others for his own poor view of the world.
    My point is that anyone who says "i knew better at that age" or "my kid knew better" is totally missing the point. people dont just do this, or it would happen more often. the answer isnt punishment as a means to scare others, but early mental health screening and intervention.
    Oh, and btw, if they outlaw hamsters only criminals will have hamsters. what a stupid argument: just look at the rate of violent crime in countries with stronger gun control. I only remember 1 time when a school shooting was done with hunting rifles, a tool that's not made just to hurt Other people

    May 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      You must not know the facts about colembine that were not in the national news. Like the fact that they ( the 2 kids) placed big proposing bombed in the school. How did that happen with no witnesses. Also the guy they told not to go to school that day, and what that guys daddy did for a living ( he was fbi) lots of question s. Not alot of answers

      May 25, 2012 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. ClemVinson

    Life is full of choices and consequences. I never signed a contract, niether was I given a disclaimer at birth. That's just life. It could be better, it could be worse; again it depends on the choices you make and the consequences thereof. If you choose to drive, you accept the consequence that your life is in jeopardy. If you send your child off to school, you accept the consequence that their life is in jeopardy. You can also choose to live your whole life in fear, and accept those consequences. In the end, I feel sorry for the victims, the victim's families, the shooter's family, the classmates, the community, and anyone else involved; with the exception of this kid. Choices and consequences, live with it kid, we all do.

    May 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shuffler

    The real news is this guy did it. No if ands or buts..... or aledged to it

    May 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Some people just have children and then unleash them on society. Our children need adult supervision and love to grow and have confidence in themselves; some of these kids when they reach ages 12 to 18 and sometimes younger parents don't take time for them, they just ignore them so they don't have to be bothered with them. Kids are being raised by their piers who don't know anymore than they do. It's sad.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jimmy

    Maybe the kids deserved it. Ever think of that?

    May 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Deist

    As long as guns are as easy to get as candy, this will continue to happen.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy

      Then it will be bombs, which will kill even more people. That's how the Europeans would do it. There are many counters to firearms. And there is always the black market.

      May 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhatchutalkinboutWillis?

      Guns are not easy to get legally. Have to be 21, background check, provide ID. Not to mention that to get a carry permit I've given the state police my ID and fingerprints. Make the sale of guns to criminals a harsher crime, not the sale to law abiding citizens.

      May 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Doug

    Put this pig behind bars for life or just put a bullet through his head.

    I don't care if you were bullied, you just don't come with a gun and start firing at random people. Punch the bully in the face and take on the problem one on one, don't be a coward and start killing people.

    Cowards deserve to die. Good riddance, kid. Hope you get what's coming for you.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nadinesh

    80 percent of these incidents have simply to do with the overwhelming availability of firearms - including horrendous automatic weapons that have no earthly use except in exterminating many human beings at once - and with the sickening, barbaric Gun Glorification Culture that passes for civilization in large benighted areas of this country.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Reidros

    To all those ranting about how bullies are to blame for this... TJ Lane was NOT bullied. That was a rumor that started shortly after this story broke. But everyone who knows him said he wasn't bullied. And so did Lane.

    May 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. spike

    he wont last long in a prison

    May 25, 2012 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. RashaudR

    How is it that the youth are getting access to all these guns, something has to change

    May 25, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Macldsih

      This has NOTHING to do with the weapon-of-choice. It's about the act. These idiots who think getting rid of guns will stop horrible crimes like this are total idiots. Stricter gun laws will only guarantee the more good people will not have guns and do nothing to stop the bad people from continuing to get them very easily Gee, that makes sense.

      May 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JasM

    RashaudR, are you REALLY that uninformed?? Do you really not know that anyone who really wants a gun can get one? Seriously? You need to pay attention more to what's going on in the world. lmao. And btw, if you destroyed every gun in the world, he would've just used a knife, a steel pipe, a baseball bat, a brick, poison, or some other weapon. Duh.

    May 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsaJ

      So what is YOUR solution, oh informed one? Since you seem to be so iformative when it comes to spitting out sarcastic replies to people.

      May 26, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. red

    guns don't kill people chuck Norris kills people

    May 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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