Student and school resource officer injured in second high school shooting in Wisconsin this week

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WITI) — Oshkosh police say an officer and a student were injured after an officer-involved shooting at Oshkosh West High School.

According to Oshkosh Chief of Police Dean Smith, a 16-year-old student, armed with an edged weapon, confronted a school resourced officer around 9  a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The student stabbed the officer with the weapon and the officer fired his weapon at the student one time.

Officers responded at 9:14 a.m., approximately two minutes after they were called, and immediately entered the school, Chief Smith says.

Authorities believe this to be an isolated incident and the student who stabbed the officer to be the only suspect.

Both the officer and the student were taken to the hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Chief Smith says the school was secured at approximately 11:18 a.m. There have been rumors of threats at other Oshkosh area schools. Those threats are being investigated, according to Chief Smith.

“This is a tragedy. This is something that no school district, no city, no community wants to face,” Chief Smith said, “but together, we’re going to come through. We’re going to make everybody whole.”

The school was evacuated and students were taken to nearby Perry Tipler Middle School. Parents may reunite with their students at Tipler. Identification is required.

The incident has been turned over to the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation.Dr. Vickie Cartwright, superintendent of Oshkosh area schools, says that school followed ALICE training procedures in responding to the incident. Classes will be canceled at all schools in the district on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and that counseling services will be made available.


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