Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers

Wisconsin's elected leaders mostly stayed away from politics in their reaction to Monday's officer-involved shooting at Waukesha South High School. 

Reactions poured in not long after police say an officer shot and wounded a 17-year-old student who brought a gun to school, and pointed it at police. 

"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 [Monday's] shooting," Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement. "I am grateful for our educators and first responders who worked quickly to keep our kids safe and ensure no one else was injured."

The governor added that school kids shouldn't have to live in fear.

"[This] 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," Evers said. 

The governor did not mention anything about his demand for red flag laws or stricter background checks for people who buy or sell guns outside of a gun shop or store. 

Waukesha Police on Tuesday said the 17-year-old student actually had a pellet gun, not a real gun. He had a second pellet gun in his backpack. 

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor echoed the governor on Monday. 

“Ensuring the safety and security of our students and staff is the highest priority," Stanford Taylor said in her statement. "The quick response ... by law enforcement and staff at Waukesha South High School protected the school community. As state superintendent, I am committed to working with all our school districts to provide them the resources and support they need to have safe and supportive environments in all our schools.”

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul chimed in as well. 

“My thoughts are with the Waukesha community and the Waukesha School District. Our Office of School Safety has reached out to offer assistance to the school district," Kaul said. “A school resource officer and first responders helped prevent this event from potentially becoming even more tragic than it was."

State Rep.  Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, got political when he said lawmakers cannot let this officer-involved shooting pass without action.

“While there are no easy solutions to end gun violence, we cannot continue to sit back and do nothing,” Hintz said in a statement. “We will continue to pursue common sense gun safety measures to lower these incidents of violence moving forward.”

Hintz's own community, Oshkosh, saw an officer-involved shooting at school early Tuesday morning. Police say a student stabbed a school resource officer at Oshkosh West High School. The officer then shot and wounded the student. 

Staff Reporter

An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.