Sheriff: 3 students charged for ‘bad decisions’

Sheriff: 3 students charged for ‘bad decisions’

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Three students in Butler County are facing charges for what the sheriff calls 'bad decisions' in the days following a shooting at Madison Jr/Sr. High School.

An Edgewood City School student is accused of saying he was ready for another school shooting and was going to bring a gun to school, Sheriff Richard K. Jones said.

Another student at the same school allegedly made threats over social media.

Then, a Madison Local School student brought knives disguised as credit cards to the school, Jones said.

"All the incidents were reported quickly," read a release from the department. "The School Resource Officers at both schools acted right away as did the City of Trenton Police and all were charged."

The Edgewood City School students, 12 and 14 years old, are charged with terroristic threats. The 15-year-old Madison student was charged with illegal conveyance of a weapon in a school safety zone.  All the charges are felonies.

Jones announced the charges on the same day two more Madison students were charged in connection with Monday's cafeteria shooting.

Jones said the two boys had knowledge that Austin Hancock had a gun at school and did not tell anyone.

Hancock is accused of opening fire in the cafeteria and injuring 4 students. His attorney has denied the charges.

"I want to commend those who came forward and told someone.  It was a brave, important thing to do.  These incidents were handled quickly.  It is troubling that all these kids are so young.  This has to start in the home.  We are taking all threats extremely serious, we don't have a choice," said Sheriff Jones.

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