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After shooting, Madison schools upgrade security

Posted: 1:56 PM, Mar 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-11 18:25:19-05
After shooting, Madison schools upgrade security

MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The Madison Local Schools District is purchasing a pair of hand-held metal detectors and considering other security upgrades following a school shooting at Madison Jr./Sr. High School, WCPO news partner the Journal-News reported.

Superintendent Curtis Philpot told the paper that the district would use the security wands to check students sporadically.

Additionally, the district is planning to hire another school resource officer to assist Deputy Kent Hall for at least the rest of the school year, and possibly again for the next school year, according to the report.

The school board will hold an emergency meeting Saturday morning to discuss the hire, Philpot told the Journal-News.

District officials are also considering training some staff members to carry weapons at school, and may consider adding metal blinds to classroom doors, according to the report.

The new security measures are coming after a 14-year-old student, James Austin Hancock, allegedly opened fire in the school cafeteria, shooting two and injuring two others. Hancock is facing two counts of attempted murder, among other charges.

Hancock is being held in the Butler County Detention Center pending an April 5 pre-trial hearing.