Another fatal school shooting, this one in Ohio, again has parents across America wondering if their children’s schools are safe.
Details slowly emerging depict the alleged shooter as another troubled youth whose aberrant behavior wasn’t predicted, but perhaps should have been. T.J. Lane, 17, allegedly walked into the high school cafeteria with a knife and a .22-caliber handgun and randomly opened fire. Three students died after the rampage Monday at Chardon High School near Cleveland. Two others were wounded.
The spree could have been more tragic, but for the heroic actions of a teacher who chased the gunman from the school.
The incident — nearly 13 years after the Columbine school murders in Colorado — are unnerving. A prosecutor disputed reports that Lane may have been bullied. He said the case was about “someone who is not well.” Lane attended an alternative school for students with behavior or academic problems. Perhaps warning signs were missed that might have allowed school officials to intervene before the tragedy occurred. Lane reportedly posted a poem on his Facebook page in December that read: “He longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet.” It ended ominously: “Die, all of you.”