CHARDON, Ohio (AP) – Hundreds of people stood shoulder to shoulder along the street on a cold, windy Saturday morning to honor one of three teenagers killed in the Chardon High School shooting. The service in Chardon for 16-year-old Daniel Parmertor is the first of the three funerals. Those honoring the teen wore the school’s colors of red and black and huddled in hoods, knit hats and blankets. They held U.S. flags and signs featuring red hearts and saying, “We are One Heartbeat.” Many still express disbelief about the Monday attack. Two other students were seriously wounded when a 17 yr. old gunman opened fire in the cafeteria at Chardon High, a small town about 30 miles east of Cleveland. Hugs sent 100 bears Tuesday morning that arrived Thursday in time for Chardon HS to open after the shooting.
I received a call from the Guidance Dept. on Friday morning asking for another 100 for the Middle School and as many bears as we can give to the HS. “The bears are working wonders with the kids”, “They really need them.” This note of thank you tells us a little about it…
From: Sandy McBride, Chardon Ohio
I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done for the kids at Chardon High School. My daughter was in that room where the shooting happened and being handed your Hugs teddy bear this morning… put a much needed smile on her face. She has not let go of her teddy since. Thank you so much for doing what you do. You make a huge difference in peoples lives.