Chardon Schools Receives Shooting Recovery Grant

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CHARDON, Ohio — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Chardon Local Schools $56,000 to help the district recover after February’s deadly shooting.

The Project School Emergency Response to Violence Immediate Services grant (Project SERV). The project helps schools that have experienced a traumatic event get the resources needed to recover from the tragedy. Since the program began in 2001, more than $29 million in grants has been awarded to 96 recipients.

Chardon Local School plans to use the grant to hire a security guard, provide support and counseling services for students and staff and provide mental health screening and referral services, among other plans.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan made the following statement about the grant:

“When tragic events disrupt the lives of children and schools, it is vital that they receive the support they need to cope with the trauma. These Project SERV funds will help the community and students secure the services and resources they need to feel safe and healthy so the learning process can continue.”

The grant award follows the Chardon High School shooting in which student TJ Lane, 17, admitted to killing classmates Daniel Parmertor, 16, Demetrius Hewlin, 17, and Russell King Jr., 17, as they waited in the school cafeteria to catch a bus on the morning of Feb. 27.

The teen is also accused of wounding students Joy Rickers and Nick Walczak and Nate Mueller.

If convicted, Lane faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. His age at the time of the crimes, under Ohio law, prevents him from getting the death penalty.