Madison student suspended after talk of gun

A Madison Schools student has been suspended after comments she made about getting a gun, according to school officials. The school was the site of a 2016 student shooting (pictured).
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A Madison Schools student has been suspended after comments she made about getting a gun, according to school officials. The school was the site of a 2016 student shooting (pictured).

A Madison Schools student was detained at the start of school Thursday after a tip alerted officials the teenage girl had mentioned getting a gun.

In a note sent out to school parents in the Butler County school district, Madison officials said the junior high student had been detained and questioned by school security before classes began.

No gun was found, according to district officials.

In the statement, officials said the student “had made a vague statement about the possibility of getting a gun.”

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“At no time was a gun at school nor was there a plan to bring one,” said school officials after the girl was questioned by school security and administrators.

“All students and staff are safe,” the statement read.

Madison Schools Superintendent Lisa Tuttle-Huff told the Journal-News today that the girl said that “she could bring a gun to school.”

“She is suspended and recommended for expulsion,” Tuttle-Huff said.

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School officials contacted the Butler County Sheriff’s department regarding the possible threat.

After a brief investigation, it was determined there were no laws broken and no threat.

“A general comment was made about guns,” Butler County Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Craft said. “But it was determined there was no threat about guns and getting a gun or anything like that.”

Madison Schools drew national attention in 2016 when a junior high student used a handgun to shoot and wound three classmates in the school's cafeteria.

Earlier this year the district announced it would proceed with a plan to allow some qualified and trained school staffers to have access to firearms during the school day. That plan remains, but a group of school parents have sued the district to halt its implementation. The case is pending in federal court.

Staff writer Lauren Pack contributed to this report.