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Battleground America

Battleground America
Just after seven-thirty on the morning of February 27th, a seventeen-year-old boy named T. J. Lane walked into the cafeteria at Chardon High School, about thirty miles outside Cleveland. It was a Monday, and the cafeteria was filled with kids, some eating breakfast, some waiting for buses to drive them to programs at other schools, some packing up for gym class. Lane sat down at an empty table, reached into a bag, and pulled out a .22-calibre pistol. He stood up, raised the gun, and fired. Russell King, a seventeen-year-old junior, was sitting at a table with another junior, Nate Mueller. Ever since the shootings at Columbine High School, in a Denver suburb, in 1999, American schools have been preparing for gunmen. At Chardon High School, kids ran through the halls screaming “Lockdown!” From the cafeteria, Frank Hall, the assistant football coach, chased Lane out of the building, and he ran off into the woods. Moments later, four ambulances arrived. Danny Parmertor died that afternoon.

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