Convicted school shooter T. J. Lane -- serving life in prison for killing three fellow students at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio on February 27, 2012 -- has escaped from prison, Ohio law enforcement officials reported. Lane escaped at 7:40 p.m. on September 11, 2014, with another inmate, Clifford Opperud, from the Allen Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio. Both currently remain at large.
Lane, who was 17 at the time of the rampage, was sentenced in March 2013, to spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.
During Lane's 2013 trial, he wore a tee-shirt to court that said "Killer." When he addressed the court, he flipped his middle finger and used profanity toward those in the audience, including the victims' families.
One of the most intriguing items of media interest at the time of the shooting was that T. J. Lane had posted that he was "inspired" by David Icke (shown below). It created an uproar from Icke followers.
Columbine copycat? A cafeteria shooting. Photos on the Internet. Name game links to the Valentine's Day NIU shooting. On February 27, 2012, there was news of a classic school shooting.
Three students eventually died and one was arrested and was identified as Thomas J. Lane.
At noon on February 27, 2012, Chardon Police Chief Tim McKenna announced in a news conference that one of the victims had died. The first deceased student was identified as Daniel Parmertor, a 16-year-old high school junior, by a spokeswoman for Cleveland's MetroHealth Medical Center. His family issued a statement requesting that their privacy be respected. When Lane opened fire, Parmertor was in the cafeteria waiting for a bus to the Auburn Career Center vocational school in nearby Concord Township, where he studied computer science.
At 12:42 a.m. the next day, a second student, Russell King, Jr., 17, was pronounced brain dead at MetroHealth Medical Center. King, a junior, studied alternative energy technologies. He was enrolled at both Chardon High School and at the Auburn Career Center. King's family released a statement thanking the public for support and offering sympathy to the families of the other victims. They also said that his organs would be donated as he had wished. A witness, Nate Mueller, said that King had recently started dating Lane's former girlfriend. Other student witnesses said that it appeared as if Lane was specifically aiming for King, indicating that he was the first to be shot. The students stated that King had previously threatened to beat Lane up. They told reporters that Lane had taken up weightlifting with the intention of fighting King.
On February 28, it was reported that Demetrius Hewlin, the third student who was transferred to MetroHealth, had died. His family also expressed their sorrow for their loss in a statement to the press. Friends of Hewlin said that he liked to work out and wanted to be on the football team. Hewlin's mother, Phyllis Ferguson, in an interview with ABC News said of her son, "He wasn't a morning person and he was late for school. But that one day he wasn't late. We were running a little late, but we weren't late enough. But it's okay. It's in God's hands. Let His will be done." When questioned about what she would say to the assailant, she said that she would forgive him, because most school shooters did not know what they were doing. She explained that her son's organs would be donated and that one of the recipients was a child who was within days of death without a transplant.
So, what we find is this:
Demetrius = King of Macedonia 294–288 BCE
King = King
Parmertor = Of Irish origin, from an Old Celtic word meaning "high" or "noble."
Late on the day of the shooting, The Guardian in London wrote the name as "Daniel Parmertor, 16." Intriguingly, some of the Guardian's wording also reflects material here, including this sentence: "In an odd twist, another similarly named student, Daniel Parmenter, 20, was killed four years ago this month in a shooting in Northern Illinois University." Furthermore, also during the evening, Reuters was using the spelling "Parmentor."
On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, officially, the names of the victims were announced: "The students who died from their injuries have been identified as Daniel Parmertor, 16, and Russell King Jr., 17."
What of February 27th? It is also a date of some significance in Nazi history. February 27, 1933, was the date of the Reichstag fire: Germany's parliament building in Berlin, the Reichstag, is set on fire. (BTW, the cornerstone of the Reichstag was laid on June 29, 1884, by Kaiser Wilhelm I, who was the patron of the three Berlin Grand Lodges. Wilhelm I died in 1888, Dreikaiserjahr, the Year of Three Kaisers.)
The Reichstag fire on February 27, 1933, is seen as pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany. It is the one incident leading directly to the increased power for Hitler and his party.
The father of suspected Ohio school shooter TJ Lane has been busted several times for violence against women, including TJ's mom, according to court records. He had been warned to stay away from the boy and his mother, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Dad Thomas Lane Jr. and TJ's mom were each charged with domestic violence against each other, and Lane served time in prison after trying to suffocate another women he later married. It's not clear what kind of relationship the father eventually maintained with his son. Friends said TJ was being raised by his grandparents, according to the newspaper.
A school shooting has been reported at Chardon High School near Cleveland, Ohio, local law enforcement officer says (Monday morning, February 26, 2012).
Civil deputy Erin Knife with the Geauga County Sheriff's Office says the shooting was reported at Chardon High School. Gunfire at a high school outside Cleveland injured a number of students Monday morning, and at least one suspect has been taken into custody, officials said.
FBI agent Scott Wilson said that there was one suspected shooter, who is in custody. He said four students were wounded in the shooting and one died.
CBS This Morning correspondent John Miller reports that at least one of the students was critically injured.
The shooting was reported around 7:30 a.m. at the 1,100-student Chardon High School about 30 miles east of Cleveland, said Civil Deputy Erin Knife of the Geauga County Sheriff's Office. CBS affiliate WOIO-TV in Cleveland reports the shootings happened in the cafeteria before classes started for the day.
Television news footage showed anxious parents escorting children away from a school building, and ambulances could be seen outside. WOIO-TV reports the high school was evacuated and students were taken to an elementary school to be picked up by their parents. Students on school buses were dropped off back at their homes.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland's MetroHealth System said a medical helicopter was dispatched to the high school. Schools in the area were locked down.
Bob Herp, a Chardon trauma nurse, was at a command scene at a local Wal-Mart store where he said helicopters were on the ground.
Chardon is a city, about 30 miles east of Cleveland, of about 5,100 residents.
The name "Chardon" has two meanings of note. As a French word, it means "thistle." As a Sioux word, it means "sand bar."
After the Siege of Boston ended in March 1776, "General Washington was handsomely entertained" at the Bunch-of-Grapes Tavern, as was Marquis de Lafayette (see also, the Fayette Factor), and General John Stark (who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill, a site denoted today by a Masonic obelisk, seen above).