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James Austin Hancock was back in a Butler County juvenile courtroom Thursday. The 15-year-old pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder and one count of inducing panic following a Feb. 29 shooting at Madison Jr/Sr High School.

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Academic and social pressures can make  junior high and high school a tough time for teenagers. And during those formative years, teens are also going through physical, mental and emotional changes. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five adolescents ages 13-18 have or will develop a serious mental illness such as depression.

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According to an ABC News review of reported cases, there was, on average, one shooting incident per week on a school or college campus last year. This week, Monday, a 14-year-old student opened fire in Madison Junior/Senior High School in Butler County. Two students were shot, two more suffered other injuries.

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The family of Austin Hancock has released a statement regarding Monday's shooting at Madison Jr/Sr High School. It says the family is devastated by Austin's actions.

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If teacher firearm training at Faster Saves Lives is any indication of how many school districts are allowing guns in the classroom, the number appears to be increasing.

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The 14-year-old accused of attempted murder following a shooting Monday at Madison Jr/Sr High School denied the charges against him at an arraignment in Butler County Juvenile Court Tuesday.

In juvenile court, a denial of charges is the equivalent of a not guilty plea. 

James Austin Hancock showed little emotion during the brief hearing. He was sent back to juvenile detention. His next hearing is set for April 5 in Butler County Judge Ronald Craft's chambers.

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The 14-year-old accused of attempted murder following a shooting Monday at Madison Jr/Sr High School denied the charges against him at an arraignment in Butler County Juvenile Court Tuesday.

In juvenile court, a denial of charges is the equivalent of a not guilty plea.

Madison Local Schools

Update 02/29/16 8:30 p.m.: Madison Local Schools reports two school leaders met with the two hospitalized students, which the district says are both "in very high spirits." 

Update 02/29/16 5:04 p.m.: Madison Local Schools will be closed Tuesday.

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