BUTLER CO., OH (WCMH)– Investigators said two boys knew the alleged shooter had a gun and didn’t tell anyone.
According to Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones, two 14-year-old boys were charged with misdemeanor failure to report a crime after James Austin Hancock showed them the gun early in the school day and didn’t inform anyone.
“These boys had knowledge that the suspect, James Austin Hancock, had the gun at school, and they did not tell anyone. I have to stress, it is imperative that if there is rumor or first-hand knowledge about any type of weapon or weapons that someone has or is intending to bring to school, it has to be reported to someone. Schools are supposed to be safe for kids and anyone working there. Parents should not be afraid to send their kids to school. I strongly urge parents to sit and talk to their kids about how important this is,” said the Sheriff.
Investigators said Hancock pulled out a gun at the Madison High School’s cafeteria, February 29, and opened fire, hitting two students.
Hancock has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, inducing panic and making terroristic threats, all felony charges according to Jones.
The names are not being disclosed at this time.
“And we tell them and we tell them, we tell them. Report these things when you see them. It’s hard for kids to understand that they, these bullets have no eyes. It’s not like in the cartoons,” said Jones.
“Again, I stress to you. Those that are listening today. We’re not gonna put up with it. The schools aren’t going to put up with it. Your kids will be kicked out of school.”