Profile of a psycho or just another mixed up teen? That seems to be a question that the FBI thinks is important in these post Columbine days. T. J. Lane was described as a quiet kid at school. A few describe him as quiet loner. But despite being a loner, some said he was witty and quick to share his humor. No one suspected the 17 year old would shoot and kill two of his fellow high school students. Most said Lane was quiet and never had fights or arguments. He never talked about guns. Russel King Jr. (17) and Daniel Parmertor both died as a result of the senseless rampage. Parmertor was shot while waiting for the bus. Demetrius Hewlin has also died, bringing the total deaths to three. (Two others were also wounded in the Ohio shooting, including Nate Mueller who called 911.)
Thomas "T.J." Lane will be arraigned today for the Chardon High School shooting. Investigators have discovered that T.J. came from a family with a history of violence. His father has a record of being arrested several times for abusing women. (Lane's mother was one of the alleged victims.) The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Investigators have discovered that Lane was considered shy and was sometimes the target of bullies. While the shooting took place at 7:30 a.m. in the Chardon High cafeteria, Lane was actually enrolled at Lake Academy Alternative School. He was attending the Alternative School because he was considered an "at risk" student. CNN. Lane's December Facebook foreshadowed possible problems when he authored the following poem: "In a quaint lonely town, sits a man with a frown. No job. No family. No crown. His luck had run out. Lost and alone. So, to the castle he proceeds, like an ominous breeze through the trees. 'Stay back!' The Guards screamed as they were thrown to their knees. 'Oh God, have mercy, please!'" The Daily Beast.
Meanwhile, FBI agents search for a motive they may never truly understand. Police searched his home and confiscated computer files, phone records and other possible evidence. In the past, T. J.'s dad had been warned by police or the court to stay away from T.J. and his mother. While the evidence may help us to understand more about this young man, the lingering question of why will likely never be answered. Attack.
The domestic abuse angle is hard to ignore. Lane's parents are divorced. T.J. lived with his grandparents. In the mid-1990s, his mom and dad were arrested for domestic violence. (Apparently fighting with each other. ) Thomas Lane Jr., his father, has a long record. TV station WEWS. In 2002, Thomas Lane was charged with attempted murder, assault and kidnapping. The murder charge was dismissed and the kidnapping count reduced. Under a plea, he was sentenced to four years in prison. His female victim subsequently asked for authorities to let him out early from prison.
What role did domestic violence and not seeing his dad have on T.J.'s mental health? LINK
Will it take more jury verdicts against those tolerating student bullying to end this madness? LINK.
Lawyer Bob Farinacci represents T.J. Lane and of course we caution, T.J. is presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law.
Update 2-29-12: Yesterdays court appearance of T.J. Lane held no surprises. When Judge Timothy J. Grendell asked T.J. if he understood his right to remain silent, T.J. responded, "Yes, I do." T.J.'s face was not allowed to be photographed or filmed pursuant to the judge's instructions to the media. TJ Lane speaks
Recent remarks by the prosecutor may indicate that Lane is suffering from mental illness. T.J. apparently admitted to taking a .22-caliber pistol to Chardon High and firing 10 shots in the cafeteria. A prosecutor said Lane was " not well" and that he didn't know the victims but chose them randomly. (This seems to contradict Nate Muellers statements.) The judge has ordered Lane held for at least 15 days.