Ohio School Shooting

Ohio School Shooting

Ohio School Shooting T.J. Lane

Ohio School Shooting T.J. Lane

A teenager was charged Thursday with killing three students in a U.S. school shooting, the first step in proceedings that could see him charged as an adult and facing the possibility of life without parole if convicted.

The charges filed accuse T.J. Lane, 17, of killing three students and wounding two others in the shooting Monday morning at Chardon High School, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Cleveland, Ohio.

Losing a child is one of the most devastating things a parent can experience, but the mother of Ohio school shooting victim Demetrius Hewlin believes in forgiveness, even under the circumstances.

T.J. Lane is accused of taking a pistol to Chardon High School and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table on Monday. Three students died, including Hewlin and two others were seriously hurt, according to the Associated Press.

Despite the tragedy, Hewlin’s mother Phyllis Ferguson told ABC News in an exclusive interview, “You have to accept things done and move on.”

When asked what she would say to the suspected shooter, Ferguson said, “I would tell him I forgive him because, a lot of times, they don’t know what they’re doing. That’s all I’d say.”

The irony of the tragedy is that Hewlin was not known for punctuality, his mother said, except on Monday.

“He wasn’t a morning person and he was late for school. But that one day he wasn’t late,” his mom told ABC. “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.”

Recordings of the 911 calls reveal panicked students and high school administrators pleading for help immediately after shots rang out in the cafeteria.

“Hi. Chardon High School. We got shots fired. Gunshots. Multiple gunshots,” said one woman.

Ohio School Shooting Frank Hall

Ohio School Shooting Frank Hall

An assistant football coach credited with chasing a teenage gunman from an Ohio school said Thursday that he wanted families of the three children slain in a shooting spree to know that he comforted the teens as they lay dying after the attack.

“I want you to know I was with them. I prayed with them. I wiped their tears and I know God was with them,” an emotional Frank Hall said during a news conference shortly after the 17-year-old suspect was charged in the rampage.

Hall, who has been credited by students, faculty and police with chasing the gunman from the school building and perhaps saving more people, brushed aside the accolades.

“I don’t know why this happened. I only wish I could have done more. I’m not a hero. Just a football coach and a study hall teacher,” said Hall, a tall, barrel-chested man with a boyish face who paused to compose himself at one point and read from notes as he spoke near to the school’s football field.

The emergency responders at the scene were the real heroes, said Hall, who left the outdoor news conference with a colleague’s arm wrapped around him.


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