17-year-old student with handgun shot by SRO at Waukesha high school

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (WMTV) -- Authorities put a Waukesha high school on lock down after a student was shot by an officer for pointing a handgun at law enforcement officers Monday afternoon.


Police say a student notified school officials after learning that another student at Waukesha South High School had brought a gun to school. Waukesha is a suburb just west of Milwaukee.

A School Resource Officer was dispatched to the classroom, and was soon joined by other Waukesha police officers. The officers worked to get the other students to safety.

The 17-year-old student, however, kept his hands in his pockets and ignored officers’ demands, police say.

FOX6 reports that the student at one point pulled the gun from his pockets and pointed it at the officers.

One officer then decided to open fire on the student, injuring him, according to police.

The student was brought to a local hospital with injuries. His name has not been released, nor the state of his injuries. Authorities say he is in stable condition.

During the incident the entire school was put under lock down, the school district says, and students were dismissed from classes just after 11 a.m. Authorities lifted the lock down just before 3 p.m.

The school district superintendent classes will resume on Tuesday.

The officer who opened fire is an 11-year veteran of the police department, according to FOX6. No officers or other students were injured during the incident.

TMJ4 reports that one 9th grader who attends the school thought the entire incident was a drill.

"We thought it was just a drill at the beginning," Jackson said. "We were in there for like a whole hour."

On the same day, Waukesha North High School was put on lock down after authorities found a gun on a second student, Waukasha police said.

The student, whose name was not released, was found at a home in Waukesha, which is just west of Milwaukee, and has been taken into custody, police said.

Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement regarding the incident on Monday:

“My heart is with the students, educators, and staff of Waukesha South High School and the entire Waukesha community as they mourn and endure the trauma of today’s shooting. I am grateful for our educators and first responders who worked quickly to keep our kids safe and ensure no one else was injured.

We are continuing to learn more details about the situation this morning, but what I can say is it's gut-wrenching that our kids wondered whether this was a drill or it was real—our kids shouldn't have to fear for their life in our classrooms or at school, and no parent should have to send their kid off to school in the morning worrying about whether or not they’ll come home.

Wisconsinites believe in helping each other in times of need, so I know we will come together to do everything we can to support the Waukesha community as they begin to heal. Today is a grim reminder that this can happen anywhere, but I do not accept—nor should we accept—that this is an inevitable reality for our kids, our communities, our state, or our country.”