Chardon moves forward in healing process one year later

CHARDON, Ohio - Feb. 27, 2012.

The day the quaint Chardon community was rocked by violence. The Chardon High School shooting was a tragedy, but on Wednesday, the students, faculty, and the residents are starting a new chapter in their lives. It's called moving forward.

"We certainly remember the students whose lives were lost. We focus on good things those students did for our schools and for themselves. Focus on the life that they lived and we really try not to focus on the tragedy itself," said Superintendent of Chardon Local Schools Joseph Bergant II.

Bergant acknowledges the fact that what happened to the community was horrific, but he said now they are all in the healing process. A process that's utilized various resources of support. One in particular from the state capitol.

"Our governor has been very sensitive to our needs. He's offered time to me. I met with him about a month ago. He gave me an hour of this time to give him an update on as to where we were in our school and our community," Bergant said.

How has the Chardon shooting changed him?

"To be honest with you, I don't know the answer to that question. I'm still trying to sort that out. I can tell you that every morning I wake up and every night I go to sleep I think about the three children that lost their lives. It's imprinted on the back of my eyelids," Bergant said.

A year later the spirit of unity is evident in this rural community as they rise above the past and move forward with a heightened appreciation for the gift of life and the lives that were lost on that day.

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