Chardon High School community members are gathering to form a "human barricade" to shield the family of high school shooting victim Danny Parmertor from Westboro Baptist Church protestors during the funeral procession today, NewsNet5 reports.
Here are some updates about the Ohio high school shooting and the Westboro Baptist Church:
* Hundreds of Chardon area residents can be seen gathering in the town square, adorned in school colors to form a human wall to shield Parmertor's mourners in case Westboro Baptist Church members arrive on NewsNet5 live coverage of the funeral for the first victim of the school shooting.
* A poster claiming to be Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps Jr. commented on Twitter about the funerals of the Chardon High School shooting victims. He posted his comments using the OhioHighSchoolFunerals hashtag, according to NewsNet5.
* A Twitter account allegedly held by the church pastor displays a Friday post stating Westboro Baptist Church is "on the way as we speak" to Chardon.
* Alex Pavlick created a Facebook page to encourage those near Chardon to travel to Parmertor's funeral today and help protect the family's privacy, NewsNet5 notes.
* A large police presence and hundreds of barricade participants could be seen at St. Mary's Church and near All Saints Cemetery where Parmertor will be buried today, according to updates on the Chardon barricade Facebook page.
* The Kansas-based group has picketed 47,543 funerals and events, according to the church website.* Phelps' Twitter page shows multiple posting about the Ohio high school shooting using various hashtags. Posting tags by Phelps and his followers include #ChardonOhioDoesNotObeyGod, #NoHeroesCoach, #GodWasNOTwithThosePeople and #WBCPraying4More.
* The Chardon barricade participants plan to remain silent and not engage into any type of altercation with Westboro Baptist Church members if they show up at any of the funerals for the teenage victims, according to NewsNet5.