Losing a child is one of the most devastating things a parent can experience, but the mother of Ohio school shooting victim Demetrius Hewlin believes in forgiveness, even under the circumstances.
T.J. Lane is accused of taking a pistol to Chardon High School and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table on Monday.Three students died, including Hewlin and two others were seriously hurt, according to the Associated Press.
Despite the tragedy, Hewlin’s mother Phyllis Ferguson told ABC News in an exclusive interview, “You have to accept things done and move on.”
When asked what she would say to the suspected shooter, Ferguson said, “I would tell him I forgive him because, a lot of times, they don’t know what they’re doing. That’s all I’d say.”
The irony of the tragedy is that Hewlin was not known for punctuality, his mother said, except on Monday.
“He wasn’t a morning person and he was late for school. But that one day he wasn’t late,” his mom told ABC. “We were running a little late, but we weren’t late enough. But it’s okay. It’s in God’s hands. Let His will be done.”
“Hi. Chardon High School. We got shots fired. Gunshots. Multiple gunshots,” said one woman.