OSHKOSH, Wis. — An armed student and a school resource officer were injured Tuesday in the second shooting incident at a Wisconsin high school in two days.
“There has been an officer-involved shooting at Oshkosh West High School,” Oshkosh police said in a statement. “A student was armed with a weapon and confronted a school resource officer. The student and officer were both injured and transported to local hospitals.”
Officials did not say how badly they were injured.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said the shootings reflect the need to invest in helping troubled students – and limiting their access to guns. He pledged to work with the school districts on preventing future acts of violence.
A dispatcher reported gunshots at Oshkosh West at 9:13 a.m. local time Tuesday. Senior Dakota Meisel told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a Facebook message the lockdown was announced at the beginning of the school’s second period.
“I heard people yelling and running, and I heard a bang but not sure what the bang was,” he said.
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Meisel said a teacher came into the classroom and told the students to get away from the windows and get into lockdown mode just before the lockdown was announced. Meisel said the students were scared.
“We all got into the part of the room, closed all the doors, turned off the lights, and sat in the back of the classroom, quiet,” he said. “We contacted parents and siblings, and waited until told what to do.”
No one else was injured, police said. The lockdown was lifted and the school evacuated, with students reunited with their parents at a nearby middle school. The state Department of Criminal Investigations was conducting the investigation.
The shooting came a day after a police officer in Waukesha, 80 miles south of Oshkosh, shot a 17-year-old student who pulled a gun in a classroom and refused to drop it, police said.
The suspect was the only person injured in the incident and was taken into custody, police said.
Kaul said problems must be identified so students can get the mental health or social work assistance they need before turning to violence.
Kaul supports a pair of bills blocked by the Republican Legislature to institute universal gun background checks and give judges the power to take firearms from people determined to be a risk.
Bacon reported from McLean, Va. Contributing: Christopher Kuhagen, Bill Glauber, Annysa Johnson, Jordyn Noennig and Lainey Seyler