Madison schools reopen Wednesday after shooting

Madison schools reopen Wednesday after shooting
Madison Local Schools students return to class Wednesday after a shooting earlier this week. (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Vilines)
Madison Local Schools students return to class Wednesday after a shooting earlier this week. (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Vilines)
Madison Local School Superintendent Curtis Philpot addressed the media Tuesday about the schools going forward following Monday's shooting (FOX19 NOW Photo)
Madison Local School Superintendent Curtis Philpot addressed the media Tuesday about the schools going forward following Monday's shooting (FOX19 NOW Photo)

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Madison Local Schools students returned to class for the first time Wednesday since Monday's shooting at the Jr/Sr High School.

"This morning went very well as our Mohawk students returned to classes," school officials wrote in a tweet with the hashtags #goodtobemohawk and #mohawkstrong. "We want to thank all our students, parents, staff and community for coming together and supporting one another as we move forward."

Madison Superintendent Curtis Philpot said attendance was at around 90 percent Wednesday.

The healing process began Tuesday night when Madison Jr/Sr High School held a walk-through to help students and parents feel comfortable and to re-establish a sense of security on campus.

Crisis counselors are available Wednesday for students in the media center.

Moving forward will be difficult for students, but staff members said they will help them every step of the way.

Additional staffers also will be on school buses and in the cafeteria to make the students feel safe.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Monday James Austin Hancock, 14, came into the school's cafeteria and began firing at other students using a .380 caliber weapon at around 11:30 a.m.

Cameron Smith, 15, and Cooper Caffery, 14, were injured by the gunfire.

Investigators are trying to determine if Brant Murray, 14, and Katherine Doucette, 14, were injured by flying shrapnel or exiting the building.

All of their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening and they should reportedly be released within a few days.

Hancock is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, one count of inducing panic and one count of making terroristic threats, Sheriff Jones stated.

He will return return to court on April 5.

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