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Attorney General: State Must Help Troubled Kids

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul says the state must help troubled kids Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul says the state must help troubled kids |  Photo: State of Wisconsin

Created: December 03, 2019 12:42 PM

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul says shootings at two high schools in the state in two days shows the need to invest in services to help troubled students and to limit their access to guns.
    
The state Department of Criminal Investigations is leading the probe into a shooting Tuesday at a school in Oshkosh that left a student and the police officer who confronted him injured. It comes a day after a police officer shot an armed male student in a classroom at a Milwaukee-area high school.
    
Kaul, a Democrat, says his department’s office of school safety will work with both districts on how to prevent future acts of violence. Kaul says the key is identifying problems before they happen and getting students the mental health or social work assistance that they need.
    
Kaul supports a pair of bills blocked by the Republican Legislature to institute universal gun background checks and give judges the power to take firearms from people determined to be a risk.
    
The mother of two boys who attend Oshkosh West High School where Tueesday's shooting took place, says it is a parent’s worst nightmare.
    
Stephanie Carlin, who is also a school board member at the school, told The Associated Press Tuesday that one of her sons texted her to say, “it was crazy,” but that both of them are safe.
    
Carlin says “it’s terrifying” as a parent when something like this takes place.
    
School board president Barbara Herzog has not responded to a phone call seeking comment.
    

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