Court Appearance Today For Ohio Shooting Suspect T.J. Lane
Update: The Prosecutor confirms there was no bullying and no drugs were involved. Lane chose his victims randomly. He's just someone who is "not well."
"He chose his victims at random. This is not about bullying. This is not about drugs," Joyce said. "This is someone who's not well, and I'm sure in our court case we'll prove that to all of your desires and we'll make sure justice is done here in this county."
Three of the students shot in the cafeteria of Chardon High School in Ohio have died.
The suspect, T.J. Lane, will have a court hearing this afternoon in juvenile court.
The attorney for T.J. Lane's family has issued this statement apologizing to the community and identified Lane by name. He also said Lane had "pretty impressive" grades, had doubled up on some classes and planned to graduate early this May. He said he was quiet but did have friends. It's not clear why Lane was attending an alternative school. [More...]
Other students have denied earlier accounts Lane was "bullied." His early family life was "tumultuous". His parents divorced when he was 7 and both were earlier charged with domestic violence when he was 2. His father remarried and spent 9 months in jail over a domestic violence incident involving the woman who became his second wife and with whom he had three children.
Some students say he was distraught over a recent romantic break-up and one of the students shot may have been dating his former girlfriend. That hasn't been firmly established.
A Twitter photo of a teen holding guns many news media outlets anxious to report news labeled as being TJ Lane has turned out to be someone else.
The people who knew him say they are shocked. It seems those who are just repeating what they "heard" (without first-hand information) are the ones coming out with the bullying stories. The media is grasping at straws. MSNBC played a video of an interview with a student two grades ahead who had met him once.
In any event, as of now, there is no established motive for the shootings. Those following media reports would do well to separate out the gossip being reported as fact from real facts and ignore the former.
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