UPDATE - Shooter caught

(UPDATED at 3:35 p.m. with the mother's condition.) Authorities have caught a local 16-year-old boy who is accused of shooting his mother today.
Joe Centers
May 31, 2012

Authorities have arrested a 16-year-old boy who is accused of shooting his mother and then fleeing.

Michael Mason was arrested on Pearl Street in Willard at about 1:30 p.m.

Alerts sent via phone calls, emails and texts through the Huron County's public alert system had advised area residents to be on the look out for "Michael Mason," who was described as a 5-foot-8, 140-pound white 15-year-old boy wearing Army shorts, a black shirt, glasses, orange backpack and a black hat.

Residents also were told that Mason might be armed and dangerous and driving a 2001 brown SUV.

A final alert notified residents that Mason had been caught.

The shooting took place at 23 N. Main St., Willard, in the house where Mason and his mother live. Court records indicate that Mason is now 16.

Willard City Schools were on a lockdown today due to the shooting but were just removed from lockdown status.

“We immediately went off lockdown status and right to regular procedures,” Willard Superintendent David Danhoff said.

Danhoff said Mason had not attended Willard schools for about a year. “He was a student here, but was a drop-out and was not at this school this year,” he said.

Danhoff had high praise for many who handled the situation.

“I want to thank the Willard police, which did a great job, and Chief Mark Holden, who also did a great job keeping us informed,” he said. “I also want to thank the staff and support staff and administrators and especially our parents and guardians for paying attention to the One Call.”

The Huron County Sheriff's Office assisted Willard police with the search.

The boy's mother, Melissa Mason, is listed in good condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where she was taken after initially going to Mercy Willard Hospital. She sustained a gunshot wound in the back.

 

Comments

Kottage Kat

starfox, Don't get your knickers knotted. I understand the concept. Was trying to inject a little humor into the cyber fight. Trust me, I was raised the same way. Mom always said, my job is to RAISE my children, not the neighbors, not the school. God gave her the blessing of her 3 children, and she had to do the best job possible with what she was given. My parent were the poster children for TUFF LOVE and today I reap the rewards. The key word being LOVE. wanting your children to be the best that they can be and giving them a firm foundation to go into the world and do that, using whatever resources are necessary. If PARENTS paid attention to this young man perhaps his issues could have been addressed. Ignoring them only compounded what was not seen, and treated, TODAY is the result of that. Blame the mailman, milkman or whomever, it is and shall remain a parenting problem. Permissive parents, turn out entitled children. Just that simple.
What did this Mother contribute to her own tragic situation? Will she defend him? Try to continue to blame others, as so many here have done? Parents take responsibility for raising YOUR children and leave educating them to the school system. If everyone does their job, then a start has been made, not easy, give it a shot before it is too late. Kat

starfox59

With not knowing the parents, how does people know that the parents were not doing everything possible to help their child. Not every person who does something wrong can blame their parents. People should know the facts before judging these parents. I think there is more to this than a bad parent. I know people who know the people involved and they were good people. This was misfortunate and everyone should take into consideration how they would feel if this was their child. I believe that people who judge others forget to look at themselves in the same situation. Thinking that it will never happen to them, this mother did everything she was told and still paid the price, only to be judged by others as a bad parent.

starfox59

With not knowing the parents, how does people know that the parents were not doing everything possible to help their child. Not every person who does something wrong can blame their parents. People should know the facts before judging these parents. I think there is more to this than a bad parent. I know people who know the people involved and they were good people. This was misfortunate and everyone should take into consideration how they would feel if this was their child. I believe that people who judge others forget to look at themselves in the same situation. Thinking that it will never happen to them, this mother did everything she was told and still paid the price, only to be judged by others as a bad parent.

Kottage Kat

starfox, Yours is one opinion, and you are entitled to that and I will respect you and your opinion. Please, allow others to have their's and be equal in respect. What was she told? In order to understand one must have the information to do so. Perhaps she was doing wht she was told, who told her? If this advice was/is not working then during the course of a year, was improvement apparent? If not a different direction? I am not judging her, if the father involved in the process? Have questions and hope that the help that is needed can be gotten for this young man. Thank you . In essence you are judging others, think about it. Thank you Kat

believe it

Again with blaming the schools, its truly amazing. I really doubt the school "allows bullying". You obviously have an ax to grind with the school system since you took your kid out of it. Usually when that happens you won't have anything good to say so your comment should be taken with a grain of salt. Again, the kid wasn't in school for over a year so how did bullying lead to him shooting his mom?

genXer

If the Willard schools are so bad then why aren't all the kids being home schooled down there? You people need to wise up to the fact that the problems in your schools are the same problems going on in every school. I'm sorry for your son being bullied, but taking him out of school for that reason only teaches him to run away from problems. The last thing you want to do is turn him into a momma's boy. If you would have put some effort into it, you could have handled the bullying problem by quietly addressing it with the school. If they don't listen then you talk to someone else and so on. Pulling your son out of school only reinforces in his mind that he is a sissy.

starfox59

I did confront the school and was told that until a teacher caught the kid bullying there was nothing that could be done. This is a bigger problem in all schools than people realized. And he is not a sissy because he stood up for himself only to be punished for doing so. What kind of message was he being given there. Stand up for yourself and you will be punished just because you have had enough of being pushed around and made fun of by classmates. Unless a victom of bullying you have no idea of what a child goes through being bullied every day at school. With no help from the adults responsible for those hours each day. I went to the school more than once and know other parents who have also been to the school many times.

genXer

It's still better to stand up for yourself and be punished than to do nothing at all. Bullies need to know that others aren't going to put up with their $hit. If you talked to someone at the school then you either didn't talk to the right person, or you didnt know how to make them believe you were serious. If things were really so bad, you could have mentioned hiring a lawyer and the problem would have instantly stopped. Contrary to what you and other parents believe, the school is not to blame for this incident. School officials acted accordingly within their permissible limits. You can play the blame game till you're blue in the face, but the ultimate responsibility lies with parenting.

starfox59

My child has never had problems with others until the bullyijng started and I went to the principle. I was told if my child continued to defend himself (since the teacher ignored the problem) he would be sent to alternate school. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. This boy is fifth grade and passed the scanton test at and eight to tenth grade level. He is not a problem child and is very intelligent. Watch the news this problem is everywhere and it is not just the problem children being affected or attacked. There are children being bullied who have never done anything to recieve what they get from other kids who don't even know them.

itsnotme

Although this is a tragic situation, I have to admit that I chuckled a bit about the post that it's all about your name in Willard...seriously? It's Willard.

believe it

That's what I've been saying for a long time. Usually the people that say "I don't have the right last name" are just looking for a cop out or want to blame someone else for their problems. Which name is the right name though? I keep hearing it's about the name, well which name is it? There's hundreds of different last names...I graduated from Willard and college, did I luckily have the right last name?

Most Wanted

LOL, I think you must have! You lucky dog!

Propetual

I'm sorry people.......but I firmly believe that discipline begins in the home. Children need to learn at an early age that there are choices they must make and the conquences to their choices. Schools should not be expected to deal with children who have no idea what the word discipline means.

genXer

bingo

Kottage Kat

We were taught, don't look for a fight, stand up for yourself, and that which does not kill you can only make you strong. Mom and Dad did not interfere, taught us what we needed to know at home, respect for others, and ourselves. We were expected to practice what was taught at home. Parenting skills should NOT change, basic values and morals are timeless. If this young man had/has issues, it is sad that it has come to this to bring them to the forefront and hopefully get him the help he needs. Praying for all. Kat

lacyr

I have been reading the comments on here, I went to Willard and Graduated in 1988.I remember when you acted up in school for any reason you got paddled and sent home or suspended. I also remember that if I did anything wrong at school or acted out in any way I got my butt smaked when I got home and I never did it again. What is wrong with this kids today is not enough DISAPLINE!!! If things were like they use to be KIDS these days would have a little more RESPECT!!! I hear the kid was being bullied,well I WOULD HOLD THE SCHOOL RESPONSABLE it is their jobs to see that this does not go on!! School should be a safe place for any child!!! And I also hold the parents responsable, Life is not easy got to take the good with the bad its YOUR CHOICE which path to take.

lacyr

Not only this issue THEY ALSO NEED TO GET THE DRUGS UNDER CONTROL!!!

Most Wanted

Do you understand Lacy that the school is not allowed to dicipline kids anymore. All they can do is send them home to play video games... yet the same parents who said don't spank my kids now expect the schools to be responsible and raise their heathen children! A teacher cannot act on hearsay. Do you know what a parent does to a teacher or administrator if they find out their child was spoken to by an adult without proof? My God, it's horrid! That parent rips them to shreds. Then those same parents are on here yelling because the school didn't do more to this kid...who by the way...isn't in the school system any longer. Parents are the biggest joke and problem in any school system today. They don't raise their kid...yet they think the little heathens an angel. It's amazing.

lacyr

Most wanted I do understand my daughter was bullied and she was removed because she got into a fight with this girl to defend herself, they both got exspelled. I do understand that the schools are not allowed to dicipline anymore thats the problem!!!! IF the parents wont someone needs too!!!

lacyr

I guess what I am trying to say is that school needs to go back the way it was when I was in school and if the parents don't like it to bad take them elsewhere.

arnmcrmn

Good posts by you both. I think you both are agreeing with each other. Schools and teachers rights and abilities have been severely diminished because of lawsuits...etc. People anymore should have to take an IQ test to have children. Sorry, I call it like I see it.

Most Wanted

arnmcrmn & lacy...I think we are agreeing!

lovemyfam

I was born and raised in Willard... Although I do not live there anymore, I think it is so sad to read many of these posts.... The schools can only do so much when it comes to helping a child like this... The schools did what they needed to do here... If this child needed intensive couseling (which he clearly did) that was up to the parents. Discipline begins at home... and the schools can only have as much discipline power as the parents will allow...I hate hearing ignorant comments such as the school staff are lazy and they get paid to do nothing. If you make ignorant comments like this you clearly have NO idea what school staff members get paid, and you also have no idea how much the school cares about kids. It's what we live for... I don't work in Willard, however I do work in Ohio... and trust me, you don't go into teaching for the money,,, you go into it because you love kids. It is a VERY stressful job because not only do we have to teach curriculum and worry about the pressures of the state rankings and politicians, but now we also have to parent children and deal with things that I know my teachers didnt have to deal with when I was in school.... this is a result of parents not doing their job at home. There are still great parents out there... However, there are way too many parents who don't do their jobs... Therefore, not only do schools have to educate and prepare students for a global society, but we also have to worry about teaching students discipline and values that aren't instilled in them at home. If parents have such little value of educators and of the education system, no wonder students come to school showing such disrespect for themselves and for others! I am so grateful I was raised by such great parents!! Oh another note- My thoughts and prayers go out to this family... I can not imagine the pain that this mother has in her heart.... I really hope this child can get some intensive help....I also hope that people who post on this site will stop looking to blame the schools for everything and instead be grateful for the steps that the city of Willard/ WIllard Schools took yesterday to keep our loved ones safe!

Propetual

@lovemyfam- I too was raised and went to school in Willard. I raised my children to respect their elders, teachers, and all people. I have one child that is a teacher. I have seen some of the things she goes through with both parents and students. Most of what kids bring into the schools, from Pre-School and all the way up is what they hear at home. It is sad to hear little, and I mean little kids using the F word, and believe me they do. I was raised never to start a fight, but I had better finish it, even though I would get a spanking when I got home.........To protect the students weaker than myself, which I did on a daily basis. Fortunately I was well liked, so I could calm bullies down. The kids need the family support. They need discipline and respect from their families. They need to learn that respect is not a given right, but must be earned. This is sad, but I wish people would get off teacher's backs.

debonthe web

I did not attend Willard schools but all 3 of my children did, the last one graduating 6 years ago. I was always very impressed with the school system and appreciated the education they gave my kids, who all went on to obtain professional degrees. I did not expect the school system to instill my children's values and discipline. That was my husband's and my job as parents. I expected them to educate them, which they did very well. It just seems like a lot is expected of the school administration over and above providing education and enforcing basic rules.How is it the school's fault that a child needed psychological help and didn't receive it?

Missx

First and foremost...morals and values start within the home...too much today those have gone out the window. Having a teen daughter, I know all too well the type of parents in our society today. There are some really great, loving, supportive parents that care about the moral values of their children...but often times too many parents don't have morals and values themselves, so they raise kids that don't have morals and values. It's not the job of school administrators or teachers to teach these values & morals to kids..by HS this kid should have already developed some of his own morals & values, but if it's not taught at home, who's gonna teach him? - He was a product of his environment - which included most likely how he was raised, and also how others in his environment treated him...I don't personally know his parents to make any judgements, but one thing is for sure it sounds like he was bullied endlessly at school.

I have found that kids that do the bullying tend to be bullyied at home by their Mom/Dad - the one girl who picked on my daughter and others in her class was supposedly beaten at hom by her Dad...I felt bad for this girl, but what can a parent do in this situation? When other parents got tired of the threats from this girl and went to the principal action was taken at her school (I don't have my daughter in Willard City schools...I would rather eat dog poo then send my child to Willard). The problem was only solved temporarily...and this particular bully was good at sports...her coach chastisized my daughter and the others who called the bully out for ratting her out b/c apparently she was the "best" on the team and wouldn't be able to make it to the next match b/c she was suspended...I KNOW for a fact this same goes on at Willard...having graduated from Willard myself, I know coaches (who are also often teachers) let things slide and let athetes get away with way more than the average students who don't play sports...it's more important to these coaches to win or be liked by their team than to do the right thing. Sounds like this happened with this kid too. Often times in Willard I've heard it's quite ok to bully others such as other team mates on sports teams and the coaches just sit back, watch, and laugh like it's some big joke...ironically these same coaches WERE bullies when they were in HS too...it's cylical...these psycho kids are pushed the edge by their environment - households, peers, teachers, etc. And then add in corrupt cops, drugs being smuggled in from immigrants and everywhere else, and a town going to h e hockey sticks in a handbasket, it spells disaster for the lil town of Willard.

arnmcrmn

Don't you have a broom to ride?

Kelly

I knew as soon as this story broke that there would be someone on here blaming it on bullying. That's the big cop-out for everything now. "Oh the poor kid was bullied" "the schools have such a bad bullying problem" blah blah blah. How do any kids get any kind of education when every single school is so overrun with big, bad bullies? My son is a junior, five feet nothing, 90 lbs, wears glasses, has braces, plays in the band, and is very quiet. He'll be the first to tell you he's kind of a nerd ( a fact which doesn't bother him.) Guess how many times he's been bullied? Not once. Neither have his "nerd" friends. Are there kids that really are bullied? Probably, but it seems like the majority of kids getting into it at school give as good as they get. That's not bullying. Bullying is just an excuse to get them out of trouble.

Kottage Kat

In an article in the SR, he has been charged with Attempted Murder. Just sad for whatever reasons this tragic event has occurred. Kat

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