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‘He prevented loss of life’: Mom says of son who alerted police to gun at school

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WAUKESHA, Wis. — The mother of a Waukesha South High School student who alerted authorities to a student with a gun spoke exclusively with WKOW’s affiliate WISN 12 News.

She asked not to be identified Monday afternoon.

“He prevented loss of life, which I’m very proud of,” his mother said.

Police said an officer shot a 17-year-old student who was armed with a gun in a classroom at the school.

“He saw the kid playing with it in his backpack or something and just thought, ‘Well, it’s dangerous, I’m gonna stop this from happening,” the boy’s mother told WISN 12 News.

Investigators said the tipster slipped out of class and notified the school resource officer about his classmate with the gun.

“When he sees somebody in trouble, he goes to help them out,” the boy’s mother said.

The suspect was taken to a hospital and was listed in stable condition.

No other students, staff members or officers were injured.

“He’s very much a hero right now, and I’m very proud of him,” his mother said.

She said her son was pretty shaken up by the shooting.

“He basically saved the lives of who knows how many kids,” his mother said. “That’s the difference between life and death, and who knows how many kids he would’ve shot.”

She said she expects her son to return to school when classes resume Tuesday.

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