There has been a shooting at Oshkosh West High School, according to an Oshkosh Police Department social post published shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday.
A press release from Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) sent at 11 a.m. said West High students had been evacuated to Perry Tipler Middle School, 325 S. Eagle St., where they are being reunited with their parents. Parents and guardians must bring identification. The press release also noted that all OASD middle schools were placed on "soft lockdown" and all other district schools were observing "restricted movement."
According to the Police Department, a student was armed with a weapon and confronted a school resource officer. The student and officer were injured and taken to local hospitals, and no one else was injured, according to police.
The state Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) will be investigating the shooting, according to the post.
The shooting comes a day after an officer shot a student at Waukesha South High School. That 17-year-old student was armed and did not follow police orders to drop his weapon. There were no other injuries reported in that incident.
After the shootings Monday and Tuesday, Wisconsin will have had 30 total shootings by law enforcement this year, which is the most there have been since anyone started tracking the number in 2015.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday morning at the state Capitol, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said DCI was still learning about the details of the Oshkosh shooting.
Kaul said it was difficult to say what might help prevent these incidents in the future, but he said more needed to be done to identify threats. He said that could include investments in mental health programs for students.
"These incidents, even if the worst possible scenarios are averted, these are incidents that can leave people with serious and lasting trauma if they’ve witnessed them, if they were present in the schools when they happened," Kaul said.
Kaul said going forward it would be important to provide help to students and teachers who’ve been impacted by these shootings.
"I feel really sorry for our kids that they’ve got to go to school in this environment," Kaul said. "And I want them to know that there are people working to make our schools safer."
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