Why did tj lane shoot students

Chardon school killer TJ Lane tightlipped about motive

Story highlights

Lane admitted his crime but didn't offer a reason

He was slow to open up about his personal life

His father was arrested several times for violent crimes against women

His behavior at his sentencing hearing shocked and outraged

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T.J. Lane didn’t belong to any particular clique in the schools he attended, fellow students said. Those who knew him described him as quiet, someone who was guarded and rarely spoke about his tumultuous family life.

But they never would have thought that he’d be described as a killer – until Monday, when students say they saw Lane walk up to a table in the cafeteria of Ohio’s Chardon High School with a gun.

Three students – Demetrius Hewlin, 16; Daniel Parmertor, 16; and Russell King Jr., 17 – died.

That was on February 27, 2012, when he was a 17-year-old sophomore.

Lane admitted his crime, didn’t offer a reason, and was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima. Three life sentences with no possibility of parole.

On Friday, he was back in the news after he escaped from the facility, triggering an intense manhunt.

He was captured about six hours later, enough time for him to reopen the wounds that his victims’ families are trying to salve.

Lane made an initial juvenile court appearance Tuesday afternoon, during which he was ordered to remain in custody. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Tuesday that the suspect would likely be tried as an adult.

Schools will remain closed but counselors and other support services will be provided.

At school

Teresa Hunt said her niece rode the school bus each day with Lane, and he displayed no warning signs of the violence allegedly to come.

“He was a really nice kid to her,” Hunt said. “He wouldn’t start up a conversation, but if she talked to him, he would hold the conversation with her.

She said her niece noted no personality changes in Lane in the weeks leading up to Monday’s shooting.

Haley Kovacik, a friend who talked with Lane a few times a week, said the violence left her and others who knew him in “complete shock.”

“He seemed like a very normal, just teenage boy,” Kovacik said of Lane. “He did have a sad look in his eyes a lot of the time, but he talked normally, he never said anything strange.”

Yet for all their talks, Kovacik noted there was a lot she didn’t know about Lane.

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At home

Lane lived with his grandparents and was slow to open up about his personal life, according to friends. While he was known by many around Chardon High School, located 30 miles east of Cleveland, at the time of the shooting he was there to be transported to Lake Academy Alternative School in nearby Willoughby.

The school describes itself as a place for “at risk” students who are “reluctant learners” struggling with problems such as “substance abuse /chemical dependency, anger issues, mental health issues, truancy, delinquency, difficulties with attention/organization, and academic deficiencies.

Lane may have been dealing with his own family problems, according to reports by The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland.

Lane’s father, Thomas Lane Jr., has been arrested several times for violent crimes against female acquaintances, including Lane’s mother, the newspaper reported citing court documents. Between 1995 and 1997, the first two years of Lane’s life, his father and his mother were both arrested for domestic violence against each other, the paper reported.

Between 1995 and 1997, the first two years of Lane’s life, his father and his mother were both arrested for domestic violence against each other, the paper reported.

His father also served prison time for assaulting a police officer and he also was charged with holding a different woman under running water and bashing her head into a wall, the newspaper reported.

It was unclear how much contact Lane had with his father. He rarely opened up about his family, some said.

“I’ve asked him once or twice, but he never would go into detail. He just said he had family trouble,” Kovacik said


Ohio school shooting suspect TJ Lane walks into court on February 28, 2012.



Psychologist looks at shooter's poem

A teenager who pleaded guilty in a deadly school shooting rampage faces up to life in prison at his sentencing in northeast Ohio on Tuesday. Victims of 18-year-old T.J. Lane and relatives of the murdered victims will have a chance to address the sentencing judge in Chardon on his guilty plea to killing three students and wounding three more. The shootings occurred 13 months ago at Chardon High School. Lane was in the school cafeteria waiting for a bus to his alternative school.


Ohio school shooter gets life sentence

The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland cited wounded student Nate Mueller in identifying the suspect as student T. J. Lane.

From Facebook


Shooting suspect 'emotionless' in court

Recent posts on Lane’s Facebook page show him sharing links to music videos from groups like Grimes and Blood on the Dance Floor, listing his sister in his profile and uploading photos of himself.

Yet one long, poetic rant, from December 30, appears to be darker.

The post refers to “a quaint lonely town, (where there) sits a man with a frown (who) longed for only one thing, the world to bow at his feet.

“He was better than the rest, all those ones he detests, within their castles, so vain,” he wrote.

Lane then writes about going through “the castle … like an ominous breeze through the trees,” past guards – all leading up to the post’s dramatic conclusion.

“Feel death, not just mocking you. Not just stalking you but inside of you,” he writes. “Wriggle and writhe. Feel smaller beneath my might. Seizure in the Pestilence that is my scythe. Die, all of you.”

After getting three positive reviews, Lane wrote: “much obliged to all who ‘liked’ this. Wrote it myself in class one day …”

At his trial

At his sentencing, Lane’s behavior shocked and outraged spectators. He unbuttoned his blue dress shirt to reveal a white T-shirt on which he had scrawled the word “KILLER” across the front. He had on a similar shirt during his shooting rampage.

Before the sentencing, he addressed the victims’ families using profane imagery and ending with the expletive,”F— all of you.”

He then held up his middle finger.

“For everyone in that courtroom – the victims, their families, the prosecutors, defense – everyone in that courtroom was just absolutely taken aback,” said Ian Friedman, who represented him at his trial, said late Thursday. Friedman, hasn’t talked to Lane in about a year.

At the proceeding, prosecutor James Flaiz said Lane never said why he carried out the attack.

“The only explanation I can offer the court is he is an evil person,” Flaiz said.

Ohio school shooter shows contempt, no remorse during sentencing

At the prison

In the 18 months Lane was housed at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution, he was disciplined seven times, according to The Plain Dealer newspaper.

The infractions ranged from urinating on a wall to giving himself a tattoo, the paper said. He also refused to carry out assignments, losing recreation time as punishment.

Authorities said Lane scaled a fence and broke out of the facility, about 90 miles northwest of Columbus. He escaped, along with two other men, about 7:40 p. m. Thursday.

All three have been captured.

When police took him into custody, Lane didn’t offer an explanation.

T.J. Lane back in custody after prison escape

CNN’s Lateef Mungin, Moni Basu, Martin Savidge and Lisa Sylvester contributed to this report.

T. J. Lane “Ohio School Shooting” – WildAboutTrial.


In a serene suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, a 17-year-old boy walked into the high school cafeteria early on a Monday morning and opened fire. Three boys were killed, three other children were wounded. The shooter, T.J. Lane, was arrested, charged with homicide and has been added to the grim roster of school shooters alongside the Virginia Tech and Columbine killers.

T.J. Lane was charged with three counts of aggravated murder, one for each of the students who were killed in the attack, two counts of aggravated attempted murder for Walczak and Rickers, the gravely wounded students, and one count of felonious assault for Mueller, the student who was grazed with a bullet. Lane, due to his age, was ineligible for the death penalty, but he received three life sentences without the possibility of parole and an additional 37 years for attempted murder, felonious assault, and using weapons in the crimes.

T.J. Lane posted a self-written parable to his Facebook page two months before he took a gun to school and opened fire, shooting six people and killing three. His story was about a friendless and lonely man wandering the streets, filled with contempt for those around him. The man is likened to both God and to death, and the last line is chilling:

Now! Feel death, not just mocking you. Not just stalking you but inside of you. Wriggle and writhe. Feel smaller beneath my might. Seizure in the Pestilence that is my scythe. Die, all of you.

This story has lead many to suspect that Lane’s motive in the killings was to get back at those who bullied him. Eyewitnesses said he targeted one specific group of kids when he began shooting — a group of students who took the bus to an alternative high school with him every day. However, the prosecution is not using bullying as their principal motive for the killing, and some students have described Lane as an ordinary kid who was not bullied.

At 7:30 am on Monday, February 27, T.J. Lane came to school with a .22 caliber handgun and shot off ten rounds of ammunition in the cafeteria, just as school was starting. Six people were wounded, and three died from their injuries. T.J. Lane ran out of the school, chased by a teacher, and was soon apprehended by police and arrested.
One of the deputies investigating the case interviewed T.J. Lane but was unable to come up with an explanation for the rampage. According to the sheriff’s deputy, Lane said he “didn’t know” what his motive for the killing was. He said he had no idea how many he shot. He told the sheriff’s deputy that he wasn’t using drugs.

Lane’s attorneys will use this conversation as proof that Lane was in the midst of some kind of psychotic break, because he could not clearly recall what he was doing or why.

The suburban community of Chardon was devastated by the violence. The flag was flown at half-mast, and school was closed. Memorials to the victims were set up and soon filled with flowers and candles.

Lane was tried as an adult and plead guilty in February, 2013, to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, and one count of felonious assault.

Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David Fuhry sentenced Lane on March 19, 2013, to three life sentences without the possibility of parole plus an additional 27 years for attempted murder, felonious assault, and using weapons in the crimes.

Although there was no trial, the sentencing hearing had its share of drama including several outbursts from the convicted teen. Lane wore a T-shirt with “killer” scrawled across it, gave the middle finger to victim’s families, cursed at them, and then told them “The hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory.”

T.J. Lane – The alleged killer, 17, lived with his grandparents following his parents divorce and his father’s incarceration for assault. Other students describe him as quiet but normal, with a fascination for posting pictures of guns on his Twitter account.

Daniel Parmertor – Parmertor, 16, was the first fatality after the attack. That morning he was waiting at the cafeteria for a school bus to take him to Auburn Career Center, where he studied computer science.

Russell King, Jr. – King, 17, died the day following the shooting at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Medical Center. He was dually enrolled at Chardon High School and Auburn Career Center, where he studied alternative energy technology. Some student witnesses allege that King was the intended target of the attack because he had recently started dating the shooter’s former girlfriend.

Demetrius Hewlin – Hewlin, 16, also died on the day following the attack. He liked to work out and was hoping to make the school football team. Phyllis Ferguson, the boy’s mother, said in an interview with ABC News, “He wasn’t a morning person, and he was late for school. But that one day he wasn’t late. 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.” His mother also told the media that Hewlin’s organs were donated, in one case saving the life of a child.

Nick Walczak – 17-year-old Walczak was shot several times. One bullet was lodged in his cheek, and he was also shot in the arm, neck and back. He is currently undergoing therapy to restore feeling to his legs.

Joy Rickers – Rickers, 18, was released from Hillcrest Hospital on February 28, the day after the shooting.

Nate Mueller – Mueller was not hospitalized for his injury, a graze to the ear. Along with Walczak, King and Parmertor, Mueller is a student at the Auburn Career Center.

Frank Hall – A teacher at Chardon High School, hailed as a hero by his students for his actions during the shootings. Hall chased T.J. Lane down after the shooting, causing him to leave the school, ending the danger and leading to his arrest.

Joseph Ricci – Also a teacher at Chardon High School, Ricci was starting his math class when shots rang out. He ordered his students on “lockdown,” donned a bulletproof vest, and charged out into the fracas, where he rescued Nick Walczak.

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September 12, 2012: After a Geauga County Court of Common Pleas bench officer approved an order that T. J. Lane be transferred to adult jail, the question became: What will become of Lane in adult jail?

Lane is due to turn 18 in a couple of days and shortly thereafter will be housed in a jail facility for adults while he awaits trial. Although Lane is accused of the horrific shooting attack of his classmates, he still looks like a very young teen with his slight build. He doesn’t look like a hardened criminal for a minute, and it’s difficult to imagine that he will be safe and protected in an adult inmate population where younger inmates are often preyed on.

The problem is, an 18-year-old facing charges of multiple homicides puts the youngest members of the juvenile jail population in jeopardy as well. In juvenile jail, there can be children as young as nine and ten mixed in with older teens at mealtimes and during recreation. Even if Lane doesn’t present a threat of physical harm to these younger children, authorities still worry that his presence will be a bad influence.

What may save Lane in the adult jails is his mental health status. Normally among jail populations, inmates suffering from mental disorders are separated from the general population to allow them greater access to medical treatment. Lane may find himself with a smaller group and more supervision, which would serve to protect his safety.

Introduction: There is little else that is as terrifying as a school shooting. Schools are one place where we hope our children will be free from violence and harm, and when a deranged gunman comes into those halls, we all lose some of that trust in humanity.

With a gunman as young as T.J. Lane — and a gunman who did not end his rampage by committing suicide, as so often happens in school shootings — the justice system has to pave a way for criminal proceedings that seek justice for the victims but are humane for the minor involved.

T.J. Lane will be prosecuted as an adult, due to the severity of the crimes, and he will be facing a sentence appropriate for an adult. However, the judge in this case is being very circumspect and conservative about media involvement in this case, and has imposed a gag order on the attorneys involved and will not allow media in the courtroom, to protect the privacy of the minors involved.

Kinkle, Kip | it's... What's Kinkle, Kip?

Kipland "Kip" Philip Kinkel (eng. Kipland Philip "Kip" Kinkel , born August 30, 1982) is an American criminal who, at the age of fifteen, killed his parents on May 20, 1998, and the next day massacred a school in Springfield, Oregon, killing two students and injuring 24. Currently in prison, sentenced to 111 years without parole. nine0007


  • 1 Biography
    • 1.1 Early life
    • 1.2 Purchase of weapons
    • 1.3 Murder of parents
    • 1.4 School massacre
  • 2 Proceedings and trial
  • 3 Public reaction
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 See also
  • 6 Links


Early life

Kip Kinkle was born in Springfield to Bill Kinkle and Faye Zuranski. His parents were Spanish teachers (Fay taught at Springfield High School, Bill taught at Lane Community College). Kip had an older sister, Christine. When Kip was 6 years old, his family went to Spain for a whole year, where Kip went to a non-English-language school, which, according to his parents, was opposed to the educational process. Back in Oregon, Kinkle attended Waterville Elementary School in Springfield. There, the teachers considered Kip to be physically and emotionally underdeveloped, and on their advice, his parents made it so that Kip had to go through the first grade program again. In the fourth grade, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and transferred to a special class. He was a fan of the Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson; Manson's song "The Reflecting God" was his favorite. nine0007

Kip had occasional legal troubles. He was arrested in late 1996 for stealing CDs from a store. On January 4, 1997, he was arrested again for throwing stones at cars passing along the highway with his friends. After his second arrest, Kip was checked by a psychiatrist, who diagnosed the boy with clinical depression.

Kinkle has been fond of firearms and explosives since childhood. On the advice of psychologist Geoffrey Hicks, his father gave fifteen-year-old Kip a 22-gauge and 9-gauge rifle.-millimeter pistol.

Buying guns

Kip's friend Corey Evert stole a gun from Scott Keaney's father, one of his friends, and arranged to sell guns to Kinkle at night. Kinkle paid $110 for a Beretta 92 pistol and an extra 9 rounds of ammunition. Kinkle put the weapon in a paper bag, which he hid in his school locker. When Keeney found out about the loss, he made a list of suspects, in which he did not indicate the name of Kip. However, Kinkle soon fell under suspicion and was interrogated, where he said: "I'm going to be frank with you guys: the gun is in my locker." An hour later, he and Evert were arrested. Kipland was released after collaborating with the police and taken home. At the same time, he, like Evert, was expelled from school. nine0007

Murder of parents

On May 20, 1998, Kinkle was expelled from school. At home, his father told him that he would be sent to a boarding school if he did not improve.

At 15:30 Kip pulled out his rifle hidden in his parents' room, loaded it, went into the kitchen and shot his father. At 18:00 the mother returned. As she was climbing out of the garage, Kinkle told her that he loved her and shot her twice in the back of the head, three times in the face, and once in the heart. He later claimed that he wanted to protect his parents from the embarrassment they might have because of his expulsion from school. nine0007

Kinkle put his mother's body in the garage and his father's body in the bathroom. All night he listened to the same song from the movie Romeo and Juliet.

School massacre

On May 21, 1998, Kinkle arrived at school in his mother's Ford. He put on a long raincoat to hide his weapons: a hunting knife, a self-loading rifle and two pistols. 9mm Glock 19 and Ruger Mk II 22 caliber. He also had about 1,400 rounds of ammunition with him. He parked two blocks from the school and walked to the entrance. Entering the building, Kinkel immediately opened fire with a rifle and killed a student of Ben Walker, and also wounded his friend Ryan Atbury. Kip Kinkel then ran into the school cafeteria and fired indiscriminately at the students who were having lunch. The fire killed 16-year-old Michael Nicholson and injured 23 others. Having fired all 48 cartridges remaining in the magazine, Kinkel began to reload the rifle. A wounded Jacob Riker intercepted his hand, but the killer managed to free his hand and took out a Glock to fire at Riker. He tried to escape, but another student grabbed his leg. In total, 7 students from the school piled on Kip, who held him until the police arrived at the scene. nine0007

Proceedings and trial

At the police station, Kipland behaved inappropriately and rushed at the police officer, shouting "Shoot me!". The officer used pepper spray and fought off Kip. The latter later admitted that he did not intend to shoot at the school and wanted to commit suicide immediately after killing his parents, but could not bring himself to do so. Psychiatrists, although they said that at the time of the murders, the defendant had a slight mental disorder, he was still aware of his actions. nine0007

On September 24, 1999, Kip Kinkel pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder of 4 people and causing grievous bodily harm to 24 others, as well as illegal possession of a firearm, which allowed him to avoid the death penalty.

On November 11, 1999, Kinkle was sentenced to 111 years in prison without parole. After the verdict, Kinkle apologized to the court for the murders of his parents and students at the school.

In June 2007, Kipland filed an appeal, and his lawyer said that he had schizophrenia and needed treatment, but the court upheld the verdict in August of that year. nine0007

On January 12, 2011, another request for a review of the case was rejected [1] . On June 11, 2007, Kiplen was transferred from the MacLaren Correctional Facility to the Oregon Department of Corrections, the highest security prison, where he is currently serving his sentence. In 2007, he was even visited by representatives of the local newspaper, to whom he gave an interview.

Public reaction



See also

  • George Gennard
  • Brenda Spencer
  • Charles Williams
  • Thomas Lane


  • CourtTV article on Kinkel
  • New York Times article on Jacob Ryker
  • A hot-tempered boy killed his parents and shot his schoolmates. Kommersant

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