May 2, 2024

USA: 14yo Male Student Attempted To Commit Mass Shooting At Mount Horeb Middle School Never Made It Into The School Because Police Shot And Killed Him. School Received Safety Upgrades Prior.


WISN 12 News pubilshed May 1, 2024: Active shooter reported at Mount Horeb Middle School. The Mount Horeb Area School District began releasing students at 5 p.m. Wednesday after the district was put on full lockdown about 11:16 a.m. because of an active shooter near the middle school.
WISN 12 News pubilshed May 1, 2024: AG: Gunman shot dead outside Mount Horeb Middle School was a district student. Authorities confirm police shot and killed a student outside of the school.

WISN12 ABC News, Wisconsin local
written by Nick Bohr
Thursday May 2, 2024

Classes will not resume until Monday in the Mount Horeb School District, however, all scheduled evening events Friday will take place, the superintendet announced Thursday night.

Thursday was a day of healing in Mount Horeb — one day after a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed by police officers after allegedly attempting to enter a middle school armed with a gun.

"I heard people saying there was an active shooter nearby, and I started running," said Maria Van Ooyen, a student who fled from the school. "We were lining up for recess, and we heard people running. And we saw people running, and it was really scary. And we ran out of the building straight away."

According to the school district, all students were unharmed, except for the boy shot by police. His name has still not been released.

"It was insane. And we're still healing," said Mitzi Forbes, a community activist."People are in shock, and there's a deep sense of distress. There's distress for the parents and the children, but also for the community, what if ... what if it had been worse?"

The district opened up the high school on Thursday for what it called a chance for "community cohesion." Hundreds of people stopped in, healing from what Forbes calls a shared community crisis.

"Today was devoted for staff to process their trauma. Tomorrow (Friday), we will continue the process of coaching our staff in how to fully support our children in preparation for their return on Monday, May 6, 2024," Superintendent Steve Salerno said on Facebook.

When classes do resume, he's promising an extra layer of security to ease nerves.

"Without me even having to ask our departments, they said whatever you need. We'd prefer to have an officer in each one of our buildings for a while. And to bring peace of mind, to have officers driving back and checking in," Salerno said.

He reminded people as well that it's even more difficult for the family of the boy killed, WISN 12 News reporter Nick Bohr said.

"I mean, I hope everyone who might be listening to this will do everything they can to reserve judgment and give grace and allow that family to heal, just as we're attempting to heal right now as a school community," Salerno said.

Friday, the schools will provide additional time with trained student services personnel:

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Middle School

12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Early Learning Center, Primary Center, Intermediate Center

2 - 4 p.m., High School

Mount Horeb is a village of about 7,000 people southwest of Madison in Dane County.

No comments: