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Remembering: One year after the deadly Chardon High School shooting

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Next week marks one year since the deadly shooting at Chardon High School and the community has been busy planning memorials.

"Schools are not bunkers, again schools are not bunkers," said Chardon Superintendent Joe Bergant.

Much of the last year has been making sure that didn't happen but how to make it safe while not making it a bunker.

"We all need to be engaged in an enhanced vigilance in keeping your eyes and ears open to our surroundings. This is key in keeping us all moving forward," said Chardon Superintendent Joe Bergant.

And moving forward is what they plan to do. Principal Andy Fetchik says he saw something special in Chardon, it began with the students.

"This is not going to define us we are going to be defined by our actions what we do pushing forward," said Principal Andy Fetchik. "They have chosen with great resolve to heal with greater service and kindness to others."

For example, blankets were given to students as a comfort from all over the country. They'll make blankets to be used at future traumatic events elsewhere.

"The best way to remember is to give back to everybody who has done so much for us," said Jenniffer Deckard, Chardon Healing Fund.

Counselors believe coming up with a positive reaction to the most negative situation possible promotes healing.

"When people are truly traumatized they don't just get over it," said Deckard.

The students resolve and support of one another is remarkable, and mature well beyond their years.

The schedule of events also includes commemorative concerts, a day of service at the high school, and those most closely effected, students, teachers and first responders are marching at noon to Chardon Square.

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