Today, February 27, 2012, at 7:30 A.M. a gunman opened fire in the cafeteria killing at least one and seriously injuring 3 more. A friend still lives in Chardon and tells me that the whole town (it’s actually a city now but it will always be a town to me) has been chaos today. We’ve obviously heard of Columbine, Jonesboro, and Virginia Tech but never thought something like this could happen in Chardon. Every morning 20+ years ago we would sit in that very same cafeteria, at that very same time, socializing or scrambling to get the day’s homework done that should have been done the night before. Little did we know then that on February 27, 2012 that cafeteria would become the scene of a violent and senseless act that would end with a young life being extinguished.
Today I think of all of my friends from back in the day, all of the times we would discuss the previous night’s track meet, if I should really ask that cute girl out. It all pales in comparison to what happened today. One thing’s for certain: today I’m more proud than ever to be a Chardon Hilltopper. Even if it is a little further in the past than I’d like to admit. Chardon, the world is with you on this horrible, horrible day.