The parents of Chardon High School students had their worst nightmare come to life as five students were wounded in a shooting at the school Monday morning.
Reuters is reporting that the shooter appeared to be a student and that student is in custody. The shooting began just as the school day was opening.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the shooting occurred in the school's cafeteria around 7:45 a.m. As of 10:30 a.m., a fifth victim has been identified. The victims included four boys and a girl, three of which were flown to a trauma center in Cleveland. One student told his mother that he was in the cafeteria eating breakfast before first period when "a boy stood up and started shooting, and then it was chaos."
The school was immediately evacuated as students tweeted and texted their parents, informing them of the incident.
There was speculation that there was a second gunman, but CBS reports that the police do not think the report was accurate. All local schools have been closed and locked down, school buses have been ordered to drop off children back at their houses and parents have been asked to collect their children from school, per the local school superintendent.
Chardon, OH is about 35 miles east of Cleveland.