Community returning to normal after shooting at Madison HS

Community returning to normal after shooting at Madison HS
(FOX19 NOW/File)

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - School officials opened their doors Tuesday night just a day after a school shooting that left four people injured.

The Madison Local School District posted on its website that they, "want to increase the student's and parent's comfort level in returning to school."

It was closed Tuesday morning due to the shooting.

"It feels a little weird," said Alyssa Adams, a 15-year-old student who was in the cafeteria at the time when James Austin Handcock allegedly opened fire shooting two students.

She said she ran out of the room with her friends to safety.

When she returned to that room Tuesday night she said it was tough.

"It was just weird being in there after what happened," she said.

Another student, 15-year-old Kaitlyn Morris said going in the school before Wednesday was important for everyone. "I feel a lot more comfortable now going in seeing how normal everything is normal."

The parents we talked to all agreed.

"Even if they are not a nervous wreck I am," said parent Jessica Merchant.  "Its nice to kind of go through and know that everything is just a normal."

"Normal" is the key word administrators were going for.

On their website, they explained, "As our buses run their routes we will have additional staff members on each bus to greet your children. They are simply there as a familiar faces and extra support as we begin the day."

The message to parents on the schools website goes on to read:

"Also, there will be crisis counseling available throughout the day, stationed in our media centers. Additionally we plan to have staff and counselors in the cafeterias, having lunch with our students, and for as long as we feel it is necessary. Again, we thank our students, staff, first responders and the entire Madison community for their support. Our number one priority is to move forward and create the best sense of normalcy we can for our students in this situation."

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