Two Wisconsin teens 91 miles apart were shot by police officers inside their high schools within 24 hours, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. In Waukesha, the student had two pellet guns. In Oshkosh, it was a blade. A gun that was found to be fake was reported at Waukesha North High School the same day shots were fired in the city’s south side high school. In Sparta, classes were called off Tuesday after a student and a parent’s firearm went missing. In Germantown, police are meeting with parents of a student who made threats deemed not credible to two schools. Teenagers in at least eight high schools across Wisconsin were involved in crime incidents within three days this week, leaving some parents and school officials helpless and police in a position of using deadly force on children.
Gov. Tony Evers said the threats in schools across the state weren’t similar in seriousness, but they are emblematic of the terror lurking as shootings continue with horrifying regularity. In Waukesha and West Bend, parents were put on alert last week by police and school officials about preventing school violence and taking online threats of school shootings seriously. While it’s unclear whether more strict rules for guns would have prevented any of these incidents, Attorney General Josh Kaul said, “Kids who go to schools in Wisconsin and around the country today face a danger that was not present when I was a student in public schools in Wisconsin, which is a real concern about mass violence in schools. We’ve got to take action to work to make those incidents less likely.”