Wisconsin High School Dealing with Prom Shooting
ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is calling for more discussion about bullying in the wake of a shooting outside a high school prom in northern Wisconsin.
Authorities say 18-year-old Jakob E. Wagner shot and injured two prom-goers outside the school with a high-powered rifle before police killed him Saturday evening.
Asked about gun control Monday, Walker told reporters the bigger issue is how to deal with individuals like Wagner.
He says he has heard news reports that Wagner was bullied and that rather than imposing more controls on firearms, authorities should address bullying and mental health, as well as teaching students how to resolve disagreements peacefully.
Walker says he doesn't think he's heard anyone talk about banning rifles in Wisconsin, saying, "if you did, you wouldn't have hunting here."
Administrators at Antigo High School say it's important that students have access to support from counselors and others who will be available at all the district's schools Monday. Officials say there will be a heightened police presence around the high school over the next few days.
A school district administrator said it appeared Wagner intended to go into the dance and start shooting randomly.
Officials say the two shot by Wagner are expected to recover.
The Unified School District of Antigo says the "quick actions" taken by police and district staff to secure the building "prevented what might have otherwise been a disaster of unimaginable proportions."