14-year-old Suffers Gunshot Wound, Heads to School

By: Justin Ware Email
By: Justin Ware Email

On Monday afternoon, police say a 17-year-old gunman shot a 14-year-old who was riding in a car at this intersection in Beloit.

"It's unique only in the fact that it involved a school-aged child, a 14-year-old," said Capt. William Tyler, Beloit police department. "Which are not typical."

The age does make this a more eye-opening incident, but what makes it almost unbelievable, is the fact that the 14-year-old shooting victim went home that night and to school the next day, before he told authorities that he had a gun-shot wound.

"Although nothing that violent occurred at the school, there's always a propensity when those type of conflicts take place," said Tyler, "so we try and be as responsive as we can."

The shooting took place several miles from Beloit Memorial high school, but police say both the 17-year-old and 14-year-old knew each other, because of their connections to Memorial.

And there was a very large police presence outside that school Wednesday afternoon.

Which could be part of the reason why a lot of students say they feel safe while they're in the building.

"Because there's a lot of cops in the hallway patrolling and there's teachers monitoring the hallways," said one student.

"You should feel safe, because there's a lot of people around," said another student.

"I think we're pretty safe," said a different student, "it's just outside of school, like how safe are our neighborhoods?"

Once students leave the building is when most of them we talked with say they start to worry about their safety.

That's why Beloit safety coordinator Doug Reynolds says this shooting is an example of exactly what *should* happen.

"This incident is a very good illustration of students coming forward with information knowing that there's a place they can go and feel safe about doing so," said Reynolds.

Reynolds says he wants students to think of Beloit Memorial as a safe haven, with teachers they can trust.

So that when there is a problem on the streets, school officials can help resolve it in the classroom.

"Kids seem to be very comfortable in our surrounding," said Reynolds, "knowing that we will continue as we always do to work tirelessly to keep them safe at school."

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