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Madison HS holds 'walk through' after shooting

Posted at 10:33 AM, Mar 01, 2016

MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Madison Jr./Sr. High School will resume class on Wednesday after a shooting in the cafeteria injured four students Monday, Superintendent Curtis Philpot said.

"We believe that getting kids back into school as quickly as possible with support is best for them," Philpot said during a news conference Tuesday.

Students and parents were invited to the school Tuesday night to walk through the halls and get comfortable again. One by one, cars full of families made their way back.

"The kids are going to have to do this tomorrow on their own, so they get to walk through again with their parents in a safe and secure environment, and then tomorrow, hopefully, it will be a little easier on them," said Joe Solomito, parent of a senior at Madison.

Kaitlyn Morris, a ninth-grader, said she was "really emotional" when she walked back into the school for the first time Tuesday.

"I was kind of scared," she said. 

Philpot said all school staff would gather for a meeting Tuesday to discuss "moving forward from this."

He also said counselors and extra staff will be present to assist students at the school when they come back for classes.

"We're especially concerned about the cafeteria," Philpot said. "We're going to have extra support in the cafeteria for the students."

At Tuesday night's walk-through, Morris said they were already showing that support.

"They were kind," she said. "They were hugging all of us, even if they didn’t know us. They had support dogs."

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WCPO's Kristen Swilley, Ashley Zilka, Marais Jacon-Duffy and Austin Fast contributed.