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Former Chardon Schools Superintendent On School Safety, Preparedness

It’s been nearly three years since student TJ Lane shot six people at Chardon High School, killing three. Joe Bergant was superintendent of Chardon schools during that time. Since retiring in 2013, he’s been advocating for school safety, as he did at a Ohio School Boards Association conference last week. Earlier this week, he told [...]

Ohio Classes on Preventing School Violence Start Jan. 17

WOSU’s Steve Brown reports that the Ohio Attorney General’s office will offer free “active shooter” training courses for Ohio teachers next year: “The real first responders in these situations are teachers. They are the ones that are there,” [Attorney General Mike] DeWine said in a morning press conference. DeWine says courses will start January 17. He [...]

State, School Officials: School Metal Detectors Create the Illusion of Safety

Three students were shot and killed at Chardon High School in February. WCPN’s Michelle Kanu spoke with the superintendent of the Chardon school district today about school safety. Superintendent Joseph Bergant told WCPN he doesn’t think metal detectors are the answer. “I certainly wouldn’t recommend anyone to put metal detectors and things of that nature because those [...]

Nearly $1 Million Donated to Chardon High School Shooting Fund

News Herald Students returned to Chardon High School yesterday, six months after 17-year old T.J. Lane opened fire in the northeast Ohio school’s cafeteria, killing three students and seriously injuring two. Nearly $1 million has been donated to a fund overseen by the county United Way Services. The money is supposed to be used “to benefit of the [...]

Mental Illness, Not Bullying, Behind Chardon High School Shooting, Prosecutor Says

After 17-year old T.J. Lane opened fire in the Chardon High School cafeteria in Northeast Ohio earlier this year, killing killing three students and seriously injuring two, some students and media were quick to suggest Lane was a bullied loner who turned to violence in reaction to bullying. Police never endorsed that theory, and Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce [...]

Alternative Schools Work to Educate At-Risk Students

Brian Williams heads the alternative programs for Cleveland Heights. He says his students succeed because his staff is convinced of their success.

Last week’s school shooting in Chardon sparked a new round of discussion on how to prevent future school violence. In the past, part of the answer has been sending at-risk students to alternative schools, like the one alleged shooter T.J. Lane attended. But not everyone thinks alternative schools should just be a place to hold [...]

Multiple Teens Arrested, Detained in Wake of Chardon Shooting for Making Threats

Police, parents, students, school officials — nearly everyone, it seems — are on high alert after a shooting at a Northeast Ohio high school that killed three students and injured two others. At least ten teenagers have been arrested or questioned by police in connection mostly with posting threatening messages on Facebook, and a handful [...]

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