Chardon Survivor Among Graduates

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CHARDON, Ohio — Saturday’s graduation festivities for Chardon High School means a new beginning for many students.

Among them is Nick Walczak, who survived a shooting spree at the school in February 2012.

The attack took the lives of three students who were supposed to graduate with the Class of 2013:  Daniel Parmertor, 16; Russell King, Jr. 17; and Demetrius Hewlin, 16.

That day also left Walczak paralyzed and student Joy Rickers injured. Student Nick Mueller was grazed by a bullet.

Countless lives were changed, as was the community.

But the town showed strength and unity in the days following the shooting, and came together once again on Saturday as Governor John Kasich delivered the commencement speech.

The ceremony began at 2 p.m. at the Mentor Fine Arts Center.

The student convicted in the shooting, T.J. Lane, was given three life sentences in March.  He has filed an appeal.

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