Wisconsin prom shooting is turning attention to bullying


The weekend shooting outside a Wisconsin town's high school prom is sparking a discussion about bullying – although investigators are not commenting on whether bullying was a factor in the incident.

Authorities say Jakob Wagner, 18, opened fire outside the Antigo High prom, injuring two people before he was fatally shot by police.

A former classmate of Wagner's tells the Wausau Daily Herald Wagner "was bullied a lot."

19-year-old Emily Fisher, who graduated from Anitgo High School a year ago and now lives in Menominee, tells the Herald other students ganged up on Wagner in middle school and to a lesser extent in high school. Fisher tells the paper his classmates called Wagner names and may have been violent toward him.


Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller wound not confirm whether Wagner had been taunted by other students, the Chicago Tribune reports, saying "I can't get into specifics on that. That's still part of the investigation."

But the Tribune says Gov. Scott Walker called for a discussion on how to deal with bullying in schools and teaching students how to resolve disagreements peacefully.


Wagner's mother, Lorrie Wagner, told the Associated Press Monday her son "wasn't a monster" and said she hopes her son's death "shines light on bullying and how deeply it affects people."

Reports say an 18-year-old male student was shot in the leg by Wagner and his date was grazed by a bullet.

USA Today says the 18-year-old's family released a statement Monday saying their son was doing well after a long surgery and asking for privacy.

Classes resumed at Antigo High Monday with counselors on hand.


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