Students Tweet High School Shooting in Ohio
While a suspect has been taken into custody and is believed to be a student. Chardon Police Chief Timothy McKenna said the suspect has not been charged, his name not released because he is a minor.
As the shooting unfolded, students inside the school began tweeting the frightening scene. Several took to the social media site to express their fears and ask others for prayers.
Several student Tweets have begun using the hashtag #RIPDanny, which appears to be the name of the slain student.
School in lockdown. Kid with a gun. Oh shit.
— Karli Focker (@KarliSensi) February 27, 2012
Chardon High School is hell right now. Getting checked right now. Finally evacuated after an hour of lockdown.
— Gatt (@Goergen1) February 27, 2012
Shots in the school. What the heck. This is messed up.
— Seanna sicher (@Seannabananaz) February 27, 2012
sat it my classroom listening to people calling parents and crying, thinking about movies ive seen of 9/11. This stuff actually happens.
— Joey Casavecchia (@JCashvecchia) February 27, 2012
scariest thing ive ever experienced…. love you all. #chardonhighschool
— Kristen Seaman (@kspermy) February 27, 2012
The students tweeting is one several examples of Twitter working as a real-time emergency broadcast system. Last year, as reports of a gunman on the Virginia Tech college campus spread on the social medium, several students began sharing their experiences as they were in lockdown.
A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. CTM.