The court battle over the Chardon Healing Fund is far from over, but Thursday brought a partial victory for the victims' families.
CHARDON, Ohio - Hundreds of people gathered in silence outside a Chardon church Saturday morning to prevent a group from protesting the funeral of a Chardon High School shooting victim.
More than 1,600 people joined a Facebook group this week that called for a "human barricade" against members of the Westboro Baptist Church. The WBC threatened to protest 16-year-old Danny Parmertor's funeral at Church of Saint Mary on Saturday morning.
One member of the WBC posted on Twitter, "Westboro Baptist Church intends a street-preach at #OhioHighSchool Funerals regarding God's hand, judgments and vengeance in this affair. "
Alex Pavlick, who created the Facebook group, said he is just trying to protect the Parmertor family from an intrusive display of hate.
"This is NOT a protest. This is an assembly. We are not here to show our dislike for the Westboro Baptist Church," wrote Pavlick. "We are not here to assault the Westboro Baptist Church. We are not here to voice our opinions on members of the Westboro Baptist Church. We are here to do everything we legally can to help the Parmertor family grieve properly, BURY THEIR SON and not have a horrible day made even worse by a group of extremists."
Chardon HS Shooting
Football coach Frank Hall, who chased the Chardon High School shooter out of the building, is receiving national attention in a cover story for Sports Illustrated.
A football coach at Chardon High School is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for his role in confronting a gunman as his school.
A Geauga County judge ruled Friday that money from the Chardon Healing Fund will remain under court-protected authority until a final decision is made.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is ready to announce the recommendations of a committee formed to evaluate school safety in the wake of last year's school shootings in Connecticut and in Chardon in northeast Ohio.
The commencement ceremony for Chardon High School's class of 2013 being held Saturday is expected to be an emotional one, especially once Nick Walczak makes his way across the stage.
The families of the three teens killed in the Chardon High School shooting last year are suing the United Way.
Gov. John Kasich plans to deliver the commencement address at a northeast Ohio high school where three students were killed and three others injured in a 2012 shooting spree.
One of the surviving victims of the Chardon High School shooting is suing the admitted gunman.
Five law-enforcement dispatchers in Ohio have been honored for their work during a chaotic school shooting which left three students dead and three wounded.