Ohio district to add security measures after school shooting


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio school district is bolstering its security after a 14-year-old student was accused of shooting and wounding two other students in a cafeteria.

Madison Local Schools Superintendent Curtis Philpot tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/1SGv1FP ) that the district plans to buy a pair of $200 hand-held metal detectors and wants to hire a second school resource officer for the rest of the school year.

An emergency school board meeting on that hire is scheduled for Saturday. Officials might consider hiring the officer again the following year.

Philpot says the district might train some staff members to carry weapons and might install metal blinds on classroom doors.

James Austin Hancock is charged in the Feb. 29 shooting at the campus near Middletown. He has denied the charges through his attorney.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront