Chardon Strong: High school football game will go on

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CHARDON, Ohio -- Chardon Local Schools announced the high school football team will play Canton South on Friday as scheduled.

However classes were canceled in Chardon following a long night that included a manhunt for the former student who killed three classmates at the high school in 2012.

T.J. lane and two other inmates escaped from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio around 7:40 p.m. Thursday, apparently by scaling a fence.

Lane was taken into custody around 1:20 a.m. Friday.  The other men were also captured.

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Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., the superintendent of the school district, released a statement that said in part:

"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."

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Both the high school and the middle school buildings will remain open where counseling and other services will be available.

Lane killed three students and wounded three others when he opened fire inside Chardon High School on Feb. 27, 2012.

In March of 2013, he was sentenced for the murders of 16-year-old Danny Parmertor, 16-year-old Demetrius Hewlin and 17-year-old Russell King, Jr.

While Lane was at large, the school district worked with law enforcement to offer security at the homes of the victims' families and those who worked to prosecute him.

The Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution is about 100 miles west of Mansfield.

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