Gunshots exchanged between student and school officer in Wisconsin, school officials say




Gunshots exchanged between student and school officer in Wisconsin, school officials say
Gunshots exchanged between student and school officer in Wisconsin, school officials say  

WAUKESHA, Wis. - Gunshots were exchanged between a student and a school resource officer inside Waukesha South High School in Wisconsin, according to school officials.

The student brought the gun to school, school officials tell the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The suspect is in custody and the building is safe and secure, according to the Waukesha Police Department.

The school went on lockdown at 10 a.m. CST, according to an email to parents from a district official. Students will be let out of school at 11:15 a.m.

The email said students were cleared from the hallway and in locked classrooms after a school resource officer received information that a student had a gun.

Police went to the classroom where the student who was suspected to have a gun.

"We appreciate all the quick response by the staff and students," the email said. "The safety and security of all students and staff are a top priority."

The district said it will provide more information later.

A student who said she was inside the school wrote in an email to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that students were put in a lockdown drill at 10 a.m.

"When that occurs we hide in the corners and turn off the lights and lock the doors. Minutes later we heard screaming and then heard 2 gunshots.

"They were right next to my classroom so we all went into shock even my teacher hid with us. We stayed down for like 20 minutes and the actual lockdown sound went out. Our police officer went on the speaker and said to stay on hold and we have been in the classroom ever since," the student wrote just after 11 a.m.

The school went on lockdown after that. Whittier Elementary School is also on lockdown.

Emergency radio traffic indicated a command post is being set up inside the school.

Police squad cars are blocking all the entrances at the high school and other streets around the school are shut down.

Parents are gathering outside the school.

An unnamed manager at the neighboring store said police told him the situation is under control, but he was not authorized to say anything more.

Contributing: Christopher Kuhagen, Jim Riccioli, Jesse Garza, Joe Taschler, Talis Shelbourne and Bill Glauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Follow the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Twitter: @journalsentinel

New House impeachment hearings targeting Trump: White House will not participate

'Bomb cyclone' storm hits Northeast: 50 million people under winter storm watches, advisories

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Waukesha South High School: Gunshots exchanged at Wisconsin school

COMMENTS

More Related News

Virus Investors Don
Virus Investors Don't Need No (Online) Education

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Investors looking for an angle on the coronavirus crisis have naturally landed upon the online education sector in the hopes that tens of millions of quarantined school kids will turn such providers into profit-making machines on par with China's hottest internet companies.Almost every mainland province and city has pushed back the starting date of the spring term by weeks. Most students haven't seen the inside of a classroom since Lunar New Year in late January. Not wanting to be left behind, students, their schools and parents have turned to online alternatives, including options not offered by traditional education businesses.Giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., for...

California grad students risk losing their jobs amid months-long strike
California grad students risk losing their jobs amid months-long strike

Fellow students and faculty across state march in solidarity amid call for better pay as cost of living soarsAcross university campuses in California on Friday, students and faculty members marched, chanted and waved signs in support of the graduate students at the University of Santa Cruz who have been waging a months-long strike for a cost-of-living-adjustment amid soaring rents.But despite that widespread support, many of those same Santa Cruz graduate students were readying themselves for the possibility of losing their teaching jobs and being forced to drop out of school.Since December, 233 graduate student instructors and teaching assistants have refused to submit nearly 12,000...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America