Chardon Schools closed Friday; counseling will be available

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CHARDON, Ohio -- The superintendent of Chardon Local Schools released the following statement Thursday night, after T.J. Lane escaped from prison.

Several hours later, he was taken into custody.

"Local and State law enforcement have confirmed that TJ Lane has escaped from an Allen County prison.  Chardon Local School District officials have been in contact with law enforcement and are closely monitoring the situation.

Our thoughts and prayers today go out to the families of Demetrius, Russell and Danny and all others affected by the tragedy as well as by the troubling events from Thursday evening.

The safety and well-being of all students, staff and community remain our highest priority.  Given the profound impact of these developments  on our entire community, all schools in the Chardon Local School District will be closed on Friday, September 12, 2014, in order that students and staff  may spend time with family and other forms of support to aid in the healing process.  A decision concerning extracurricular activities will be made Friday morning.

The school district will also provide as much social and emotional support for students, staff and community as possible during this difficult time.  Therefore, the Chardon High School and Chardon Middle School buildings will be open Friday with counseling and other support service available in each school.  Those seeking assistance or just wanting to talk are encouraged to come to either building.

Chardon remains a strong and resilient community that has rallied around each other before and I am confident that we will continue to do so now and in the future. Chardon Schools along with local law enforcement officials will continue to monitor the developments throughout the night and will stay in close contact with our school community as this situation develops further."

Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., Ph.D.
Superintendent

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