Chardon High School Remembers Students at Football Game

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CHARDON, Ohio — The first home game of the year is a special event for the Chardon High School football team.

This year, it is even more special.

It is the first time the football team has played since the tragedy inside their high school back in February.

The team put red ribbons on their helmets to remember the lives of Danny Parmertor, Demetrius Hewlin, and Russell King, Jr., who were killed when a classmate opened fire inside the school. 

Before the game, the team will have a special moment in the locker room alone.

And to make it even more special, the team is playing rival West Geauga, a school that showed tremenous support when the tragedy occured.

“I think that is fitting that our first football game is against them.  This night is very special for our kids.  It is a return to normalcy.  We have a great student section affectionately known as the Chardon Crazies.  We will have a red out in the end zone.  They are excited, looking forward to it.  It’s another big step forward in our healing here in Chardon,” said Doug Snyder, the athletic director.

A huge crowd was expected in an outpouring of Chardon community support.