On February 27, 2012, at approx. 7:30 a.m., tragedy struck Chardon High School and the Chardon community. This past week, although the most difficult in the history of Chardon, has proven that love, support, and caring can help heal even the deepest wounds. Danny Parmertor, Russell King and Demetrius Hewlin lost their lives but the community of Chardon is honoring them in a way that will be remembered for generations to come.
Westboro Baptist Church, the independent baptist church know for its extreme views and protest activities threatened to protest the funeral of Danny Parmertor, the first student who died earlier this week as a result of the Chardon High School shootings. Thousands of people gathered to support the family and friends of Parmertor to allow them to say their goodbye’s without interruption by the possibility of alleged “messengers of God” coming to protest.
A Facebook event created by one person, Alex Pavlick, enabled people from all over Ohio to gather to show their support for Danny, his family and the entire Chardon Community. Not only did this event bring 1000’s of people to line the streets in Chardon, it continues to have people from all across the country posting their thoughts, prayers and encouragement for the remaining two funerals.
As a result of the love and support that was shown yesterday at Danny’s funeral, many of the people who attended yesterday are planning on attending Demetrius Hewlin’s funeral and Russell King’s funeral to be sure that there are no disruptions by Westboro members.
Demetrius Hewlin – March 6, The Church of St. Mary, Chardon Ohio, 10:00 a.m.
Russell King – March 8, The Church of St. Mary, Chardon, Ohio, 10:00 a.m.
On the event page on Facebook, many of the people who attended yesterday’s funeral are stating that they will attend the funerals of Demetrius and Russell. Alex Pavlick, the creator of the Human Barricade idea has proven that one person can make a difference. It only takes one moment and one idea.
The Chardon Healing Fund has also been set up through PNC Bank. Donations are accepted at any PNC Bank location. To donate via text messaging, text2give will allow donors to give instantly to the Chardon Healing Fund with a simple text message through AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon carrier services. Simply text CHARDON to 85944 and a $10 donation will be made and charged to you on your billing statement. Additional information, including Trauma Resources for students and parents, on the Chardon Local Schools website.
Please take a moment and reflect on the horrific events these families has endured in the past six days – and, please leave a comment extending your love and support for their continued strength that will be necessary for them to get through the next few days.