Increased security at Madison as students return

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MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — Security was stepped up Wednesday at Madison Junior Senior High School as more than 750 students returned to class.

Counselors were also on hand, helping students cope with the shooting.

The Superintendent said they are all taking it day by day. The school wants to keep support levels up, and school officials are evaluating the needs of staff and students.

Students returned Wednesday wearing their Mohawk pride, making their way back in the school with increased security. There were four officers in the building, including Deputy Kent Hall, the school resource officer who responded seconds after the shooting. The Butler County sheriff commended him for his quick thinking.

Counselors provided support on buses as they rolled into the lot, and they were also on hand during the day.

The superintendent said now it’s a struggle of mixed emotions — while many are angry about the shooting, they also want to show compassion. He attributes Wednesday’s success to the walk-through Tuesday night where parents and students could walk through the halls and classrooms of the building to feel comfortable again before officially returning to school.

“Today was a great day. I think this great day was made possible by a great program last night,” stated Superintendent Curtis Philpot. “The walk-through last night was so well received and it was so healing for our parents and our students to be in the building and just to be able to social to feel comfortable waking back in and dealing with the emotions. The last time they were in that room wasn’t comfortable.”

The superintendent said counselors will be available in the coming days as needed. He said students who choose not to come to school this week will be excused from their absences.

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