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There will be no classes in Chardon schools Friday in light of T.J. Lane’s escape from the prison and eventual capture.

However, the middle school and the high school buildings will be open for anyone who wants counseling or just wants to talk, according to the school.

Superintendent Michael P. Hanlon issued the following statement:

Local and State law enforcement have confirmed that TJ Lane has escaped from an Allen County prison. Chardon Local School District officials have been in contact with law enforcement and are closely monitoring the situation.Our thoughts and prayers today go out to the families of Demetrius, Russell and Danny and all others affected by the tragedy as well as by the troubling events from Thursday evening.The safety and well-being of all students, staff and community remain our highest priority. Given the profound impact of these developments on our entire community, all schools in the Chardon Local School District will be closed on Friday, September 12, 2014, in order that students and staff may spend time with family and other forms of support to aid in the healing process. A decision concerning extracurricular activities will be made Friday morning.

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