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CLEVELAND – Several Ohio officials issued statements regarding the Chardon High School shooting Monday morning.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued the following statement following the tragic shooting:

“Today’s shooting is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families as well as the entire student body and staff at Chardon High School.The Attorney General’s Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is on the scene and will be assisting local law enforcement in processing the crime scene.   BCI and our office will do all we can to help in this investigation.”

State Superintendent Stan Heffner issued this statement regarding the shooting:

“My deepest sympathies are with the students and their families, staff and teachers of the Chardon School District and the Chardon community as they work through the tragic incident on their school campus this morning. Please keep them in your thoughts today. I appreciate the quick response to this situation by Superintendent Bergandt and law enforcement and first responders to protect the students and to quickly apprehend the persons responsible for this horrific act.”

Governor John R. Kasich issued the following statement in response to the shooting:

“Please join me in praying for the students who’ve been injured in this horrible crime.  Praise goes to the Chardon Police and Geauga County Sheriff’s office for quickly getting this situation under control.  I’ve pledged Ohio’s full support to them, the school and the local community in this difficult time.”

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown released the following statement:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Chardon community today. I join Ohioans across the state in praying for the speedy recovery of the students that have been injured,” Brown said. “I stand ready to provide whatever assistance possible to the victims and their families—as well as to local, state, and federal law enforcement to ensure that the suspect is brought to justice.”

State Senator John Eklund issued the following statement Monday morning in response to the shooting:

“I ask that you join me in extending the sincerest thoughts and prayers to the students and families that have been affected by this morning’s tragedy. I would also like to commend the swift and effective efforts of local law enforcement entities as they continue to assess this situation. Our hearts and minds will remain with the Chardon community throughout this time.”

U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan issued the following statement Monday:

“The shootings at Chardon High School are an unspeakable tragedy, and our hearts go out to the entire community as they grieve this terrible and senseless loss. It’s still too early to know yet why a student took a firearm to school and shot his classmates. But preliminary reports indicate that if it were not for the extraordinary courage of a teacher who chased the shooter out of the school, and if not for the speedy reaction of school leaders, the toll of these shootings could have been even worse. Our thoughts today are with the children, the teachers, and the parents of Chardon. The Department has been in touch with the superintendent’s office to offer our help and support. And we will do everything in our power in coming weeks and months to help support the Chardon community as it recovers from this tragedy.”

Representative Steven C. LaTourette spoke Wednesday on the House Floor, asking the House of Representatives to join him him in a moment of silence:

“I thank the speaker and I thank my colleagues for their attention.

Madam Speaker, sadly, in a set of occurrences that have become all too frequent in our country, on 7:45 a.m. in Ohio, about 25 miles east of Cleveland, allegedly a student brought a gun into the cafeteria of the high school, opened fire and shot five of the students. As you stand here today, three of those students have succumbed to the injuries received and have passed away. Two continue to be under medical care. I would indicate that in these tragedies there are also items of heroism, and an assistant coach, Frank Hall, chased the gunman out of the high school at great risk to himself but tragedy.

Madam Speaker, on behalf of all of our colleagues, I would ask the House to observe a moment of silence in honor of the fallen, the staff at the school, their families and the city of Chardon.”