CHARDON -- President Barack Obama has reached out to the grieving community of Chardon in the wake of Monday's fatal school shootings.

A White House official confirmed the call.

"Earlier today, President Obama called Andy Fetchik, Principal of Chardon High express his condolences following the shooting that took place Monday morning. The President told Principal Fetchik that he was heartbroken by the shooting and asked how the principal and the school community were holding up during these difficult days. The President told Principal Fetchik that he and the First Lady are keeping the entire Chardon High School Community in their thoughts and prayers," he said.

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