Madison community meets to discuss security, support, safety after shooting

School forum after shooting (VIDEO)

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - Wednesday night marked the first of two in a series of community forums in the wake of the shooting at Madison Jr./Sr. High School.

The school district is holding the forums to give parents and guardians and chance to open up and interact with school officials
about ways to move the school forward when it comes to safety, support and security.
Police say it was a 14-year old student named James Austin Hancock who opened fire during lunch, hitting several classmates nine
days ago.

He faces two counts of attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault.  He has denied the charges through his attorney.

"Everybody's just a little on edge, and that's going to take a while, I think, to go away.  Ultimately, we've moved on.  We're back to education, and we have to be at this point," said AJ Huff, who is the school and community relations coordinator for Madison Local Schools.

To help get to that point, the school has been meeting nonstop with students, faculty and staff.  On Wednesday, parents had their chance to open up.

"We've just got to really listen to everything and figure out what's going to be best and start to put together a plan because it also can't happen overnight," Huff said.

The forum started at 6 PM, and cars started leaving the parking lot of Madison Jr./Sr. High School a little more than an hour later.

"Madison's great.  They did a good job with this.  They're recovering and they will continue to improve," one woman told our cameras as she drove away after the meeting.

School officials say they'll take what they share, and what they learn in the forums, to the board of education to figure out what's best for the school system moving forward.

So far, Huff says security has been beefed up, and some other small, minor changes have been made, or are in the works.

But, could more security upgrades be on the way?

"We're not ruling anything out at this point.  We're going to take any and all ideas," Huff told FOX19 NOW.

Two other students were also charged in connection with the shooting. Police say the two 14-year old boys knew Hancock had a gun at school and failed to tell anyone.

The second forum is set for Thursday at 6 PM at the school.  For more information about those forums, click here.

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