Book Thrown at School Shooter

The “killer” shirt. Tasteless (courtesy of ABC News)

On February 27th of last year, 17-year-old T.J.Lane went to Chardon High School to be transported to Lake Academy Alternative School in nearby Willoughby, Ohio.

Lake Academy is a school for “at-risk” students who shun education and often struggle with mental health, behavioral or even drug-related issues.

Instead of waiting for his ride, Lane walked into the cafeteria, approached a table of students, raised the weapons no one saw him bring in and opened fire. He shot six students before assistant football coach Frank Hall chased him out of the school. The police arrested Lane a short time later.

Three students died in the days following the attack: Russell King, Jr., Daniel Parmertor and Demetrius Hewlin.

Lane was subsequently tried, convicted and, most recently, sentenced for his crimes. Judge David Fuhry threw the book at someone he described as a remorseless, fame-seeking, murderous fake: consecutive life sentences without the possibility for parole, plus 37 more years of additional sentences.

Since he was underage at the time of the attack, no death sentence could be applied. But Lane is going away for the rest of his life. And rightfully so.

Of course, he wasn’t going quietly, as those in court on Tuesday quickly learned. After the sentencing, Lane made a statement to the victims’ families that one of his own defense attorneys later described as “very difficult… to hear.” It included plenty of vulgar language and even some obscene gestures.

You think he got what he deserved? (courtesy of ABC News)

You think he got what he deserved? (courtesy of ABC News)

Lane also unveiled a t-shirt with the word “killer” scrawled across it, much like the shirt he was wearing when he ambushed their loved ones.

“What he did was beyond anything I could envision seeing in a courtroom,” prosecutor Jim Flaiz said later. “I was shocked and disgusted at how the defendant conducted himself.”

It isn’t enough this kid killed so many people in cold blood and couldn’t care less about it. But to walk into a courtroom and also insult the families of the people you murdered?

He should consider himself lucky that the death penalty was off the table. And he better watch his back in the joint because you just never know who might pay another inmate to handle some business behind bars, if you know what I mean.

I probably shouldn’t have said that, but oh well. Nobody likes a sociopath. So sue me.

Posted on March 20, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The kid has problems too bad no one caught on to how bad until it was too late. He was receiving some kind of help though, I can’t help but wonder how he got into school with weapons a school where he didn’t belong and why did he have to wait at that school for a bus other the other school? Kids catch on pretty quick to things so it must have been somewhat humiliating for him to have to be seen day to day waiting for a bus that his peers all knew was heading to a school for “special needs” students. I know from my own experiences that going to a different high school than your friends can be tough, at least in my case though the high school was rated academically higher than the local high school. I still received a lot of ribbing from the kids I knew that attended the local school. Not that I’m justifying this kids actions by any means, I always try to analyze why people do the things they do. This case would sadly be an interesting investigation.

    • I like the way you think, my man. Oddly enough, I originally went to school for criminal justice and love the investigation side of things. Very interesting stuff 🙂

      Thanks, Marty!

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