Boys enter plea to misdemeanor in Ohio school shooting


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio students accused of failing to report that a classmate brought a loaded gun to school before he opened fire in the cafeteria have entered pleas in juvenile court.

The students entered “true” pleas Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of failure to report a crime. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the judge said the pleas mean they relinquish their rights to a trial.

A court official said Wednesday the maximum they could receive at October hearings would be 90 days in juvenile detention.

Authorities say they knew 15-year-old James Austin Hancock brought the gun to Madison Local Schools near Middletown Feb. 29. Several students were injured. Hancock remains in juvenile detention until he’s 21.

The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify juveniles charged with a crime, but Hancock’s name was widely reported.

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