The Shootings in Chardon

At this point, we don’t know a lot of facts about the kid who killed a student at Chardon High School this morning and shot four other teens. I have patients who were in the school this morning and two clinicians in our practice also work with agencies involved in the crisis response. Prayers for everyone involved…the family of the boy who was killed, the kids who were wounded and their families, kids and faculty in the school exposed to a trauma-inducing situation, the police, emergency responders and counselors on the scene would be very helpful.

Without knowing more about factors that led to this incident, here are a few thoughts about a situation that doesn’t make any sense.

The level of cruelty that kids heap upon one another has increased exponentially in the time I’ve been in practice.

I wish I could say “church kids” are notably kinder than their peers, but I can’t.

Families are experiencing more distress than I’ve ever seen in 25 years of practice.

We as parents are doing a very poor job of raising kids whose actions reflect the values we profess to hold and demonstrate the resilience to navigate a hostile culture.

I’ll probably have more to say about this last point later…but I think we as parents are going to have to take the lead in changing the culture because we can’t count on our politicians, our schools or our church leaders to do it for us.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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3 Responses to The Shootings in Chardon

  1. “because we can’t count on our politicians, our schools or our church leaders to do it for us.”

    The saddest part is “our church leaders” – as I’ve worked on the curriculum throughout the Old Testament when the leaders were strong and walked with God the people were strong and walked with God, when the leaders were weak the people were weak.

    Kids are receiving such shallow teaching and worse such shallow modeling of what it means to walk with God.

    I grieve too for the child who did the shooting – what drove him? I’m sure in the days ahead we will learn more of the why.


  2. drgrcevich says:


    Thanks for your response. My “holy discontent” is starting to bubble up to the surface.


    • If you haven’t noticed before, mine’s been there for a long time :). I get myself in a lot of trouble because of it.

      God has given you a great platform and you are highly respected so march forward in the power of the Holy Spirit. I pray He fills you with wisdom and strength.


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