Teen Arrested in Ohio School Shooting

 

James Hancock Madison school shooter

Another tragic school shooting. What are we allowing our children to experience that it makes them choose murder or suicide as the only option to resolve their issues? Today it has been reported that the police know this child’s motives for the shooting but have yet to disclose them. Why? I am willing to wager that bullying will be a factor.  Below is the report from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page from the day of the event.

 

Source: Butler County Sheriff’s Office (02/29/2016)

Two Students Shot, Suspect In Custody

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports at approximately 11:15 AM today, a 14 year old male, armed with a handgun, shot 2 students during lunch time at Madison High School in Madison Township, Butler County Ohio and fled the school. 2 other students were injured but not due to gun shots. All are expected to survive the ordeal. The suspect was apprehended a short time later near the school.

“This is a tragic and horrific event that you hope never happens. The deputies, first responders, and surrounding agencies acted fast and apprehended the suspect quickly. We had help come from everywhere,” said Sheriff Jones.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office detectives will continue the investigation. “We do not have a motive at this time, but we do know all the kids involved are students of Madison High School. “The shooter, 14 year old James Austin Hancock, is being charged with 2 counts of attempted murder, 2 counts of felonious assault, inducing panic and making terroristic threats, all felony charges. We have the suspect in custody and we did locate the weapon used. I would like to extend my gratitude to every agency that responded to assist and were happy to do so, we were happy they did, the parents of the students acted in an orderly fashion and we were able to get the other students released quickly and safely,” said the Sheriff.

The victims of the gun- shot wounds were flown to area hospitals. We do not know the extent of the injuries at this time.

The victim’s names are as follows:

Cameron Smith
15 year old male
Gun Shot Wound (Stable Condition)

Cooper Caffery
14 year old male
Gun Shot Wound (Stable Condition)

Brant Murray
14 year old male
Minor Injury

Katherine Doucette
14 year old female
Minor Injury

 

Editor’s note: I live in Hamilton County, OH. The county directly south of where this took place. Prayers are with all the children involved, their families and our community.