Brookville parents upset over lack of communication following shooting

Brookville parents upset over lack of communication following shooting (WDTN Photo)

BROOKVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Some parents are upset their kids were being picked up for school while police were searching for a shooting suspect.

One parent says the Brookville Local Schools district and the Brookville Police Department didn’t do a good job keeping parents in the loop following Monday night’s shooting.

“I knew something was going on, but I wasn’t sure,” said one parent who wanted to remain anonymous.

She said she was never notified by the school about the incident, but heard sirens and saw flashing lights up the road from her house.

“Allow us to be prepared for what’s taking place.”

2 NEWS reporter Maytal Levi reached out to the school’s superintendent, Timothy Hopkins who said the district has a great relationship with the police department.

Hopkins said he spoke with the police chief Tuesday morning. He decided students weren’t in danger and carried on with a normal day.

“We’re always concerned with kid’s safety and we dealt with the information we had in the timing that we had it,” said Hopkins.

Police Chief Doug Jerome said his reputation speaks for itself and shows children’s safety is his top priority. He said there was no evidence the suspect was in the area.

Parents disagree with the way it was handled and hope in the future there will be open lines of communication.

“We’re a little sheltered. We don’t think things like this can happen in our small town and people from out of state can bring fear and a night of terror to a small town, but that’s exactly what happened,” said a parent.

The superintendent says he will meet with the police department once the investigation is over for review of procedures. Hopkins says that’s normal when incidents like this happen. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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