It seems like school shootings are becoming more common in our country. Tragically speaking, they are also part of a broader trend, which is connected to an increase in mass violence that may have a deeper cause.
Four high school students were injured and another was taken into custody on Monday, February 29 after a 14-year-old opened fire during lunch in the cafeteria.
The shooting occurred at Madison Junior-Senior High School on West Alexandria Road near Middletown, Ohio, which is located about 38 miles north of Cincinnati.
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones identified the gunman as James Austin Hancock, 14, who was a member of the school’s wrestling team. Two of the victims were shot and two others suffered injuries from pieces of shrapnel while trying to escape. According to Sheriff Jones, the students shot were Cameron Smith, 15, and Cooper Caffrey, 14, and the two were injured were identified as Brant Murray, 14, and Katherine Doucette, 14.