Jackson Local School Board holds first meeting since student shot self in middle school

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The Jackson Local School Board in Stark County met for the first time Tuesday since a 13-year-old student brought a .22 caliber rifle to school and fatally shot himself.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, police say Keith Simons snuck the long gun into Jackson Middle School along with a backpack carrying ammunition, bottle rockets and batteries.

Simons was rushed to Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Akron where he passed away the following day.

The shooting happened in the restroom and no one else was hurt.

Superintendent Christopher DiLoreto answered questions and addressed concerns.

He assured parents that a detailed and multi-layered security plan had been in place since the Sandy Hook school shooting and it was properly executed Tuesday.

However, he said, they can’t share details of the plan for security reasons.

“Those plans are not a public record for a reason,” said DiLoreto.

However, he said, local police, the Stark County Sheriff’s Office, OSHP, BCI, FBI and the ATF were all involved.

Some parents were concerned with how information was disseminated and how long students were held.

DiLoreto explained that federal authorities were in charge at that point, but moving forward, all comments and suggestions will be considered.

DiLoreto said they are also considering numerous additional considerations including but not limited to, metal detectors, and arming teachers. He said a plan was also already in place to install security cameras on school busses.

He says they are open to all suggestions from the public. “This is an issue we certainly need everyone's help.”

Anyone who missed the meeting or anyone with specific questions can meet with the superintendent one on one at the high school commons Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and then again Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

“Our kids need us now more than ever,” said DiLoreto.

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