Published On: Thu, Apr 26th, 2018

Ohio school district votes to allow teachers to carry a gun with conditions

A school board at a southwest Ohio district where a student shot and wounded two classmates has voted to allow teachers and staff to carry weapons.

WLWT-TV reports the Madison Local School District board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow employees to “defend and protect students.”

James Austin Hancock was 14 when he opened fire at Madison Junior-Senior High School in February 2016. Two students were wounded and two others were injured in the school shooting.

The new policy says staff members who wish to carry a firearm must receive written authorization from the superintendent, have a concealed carry permit and undergo active shooter training.

School district officials haven’t said when the policy will be implemented.

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Hancock was charged in Butler County with attempted murder, felonious assault, inducing panic and making terrorist threats. The teen was distraught, feeling alone after a girl broke up with him, his parents wouldn’t let him run on the track team and he started abusing Adderall, a stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, for about a year.

His deposition also stated that the teen wasn’t happy with his life when he stole a gun from his great-grandmother the day before. He said he never intended what he ultimately did with it.

Hancock was sentenced to juvenile detention until he is 21.

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