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Waukesha South High School: What went right on Monday, December 2...

Public Hearing: Rep. Allen's bill, AB 629, was heard in committee this week. Learn about the bill below...

Beer with Scott: The last Beer with Scott of the year is next week! Schedule your one-on-one meeting before slots are covered!  Details below... 








 

 

Waukesha South High School Incident

On Monday, December 2, students, teachers, and parents of Waukesha South High School experienced a terrifying threat. 

That morning, a peer reported that a fellow student brought a handgun to school, and was purportedly in possession of it on school grounds. The student who notified authorities acted with courage, and allowed authorities to act exactly as they have been trained: stop a dangerous situation such as the one that was immediately occurring. 

The School Resource Officer (SRO), who was present on the South High School campus, immediately responded to the classroom where the student was located. The officer called the Waukesha Police Department for backup, and the school was put on lockdown.

With expediency, the SRO directed all other students and the teacher to safety. Police officers, addressing the male suspect, instructed him to take his hands out of his pockets and surrender to law enforcement. The suspect did not comply, and proceeded to point his weapon at officers. An 11-year veteran of the Waukesha Police Department fired at the suspect's leg and arm, injuring and disarming him. 

What went right:

  • A student notified authorities that a dangerous situation was occurring. (If you see or hear something dangerous, you should say something.) 
  • There was an armed SRO present at the school campus. 
  • The SRO acted quickly, moving other students to safety and attempting to de-escalate the situation with the help of Waukesha Police. 
  • Officers took effective action with a non-compliant suspect. This is the type of reaction that saves lives.
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In an interview with Fox 6 News Milwaukee, Rep. Allen commended the actions of the school resource officer who moved students to safety, and Sgt. Brady Esser, who discharged his weapon based on the imminent threat.

"I think it was a measure of last resort, and I think he did the appropriate thing," said Rep. Allen. 

While Allen said he believes the students in Oshkosh and Waukesha should face criminal charges, he said more legislation and punishment won't solve the problem of violence in schools.

"We're seeing, I think, more stress for teenagers today," said Rep. Allen. 

The solution, Allen said, should focus on mental health.

"There's plenty of documentation that suggests that teenagers today are not getting enough sleep, and there are tremendous benefits to sleep," said Rep. Allen.

He advocated for later start times for students, and more counseling services at school.

"You know, kids need somebody to talk to," said Rep. Allen. "They need the ability to express themselves, rather than just through acting out on their emotions."

Addressing the mental and emotional well-being of Wisconsin students is an issue that has bipartisan support. Rep. Allen and Governor Evers were both interviewed by the Waukesha Freeman, expressing support for improvement in state and local mental health programs. 

As unfortunate as this incident was, we are thankful for the presence and quick actions of the School Resource Officer. Currently, under 50% of public schools in the United States have resource officers present. As a community, we are lucky that Waukesha South was one of them.  These officers are trained not only as a member of the police force, but also act as teachers and mentors who are willing to actively communicate and engage with students. 

The shooting on Monday emphasizes and reiterates the crucial role that we as individuals play in preventing violence. We must take the time and effort to craft effective solutions that could potentially address the root causes of violence in America. This world would be a very different place if we took it upon ourselves to show love to seemingly unlovable people. 


 AB 629, Fees in Statutes, heard in committee

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Earlier this year, Rep. Allen worked with Senator Kathy Bernier to craft legislation that would require state agencies to submit to the governor and legislature, along with biennial budget requests, a report which details each fee the agency is authorized to charge, along with the amount or method of calculation, an identification of statutory authority, whether the agency charges the fee, whether the fee has changed over time, and agency recommendations regarding the fee.

 “The market and technology changes with more frequency than administrative rules or state statutes,” said Rep. Allen. “A biennial evaluation of fees is a reasonable expectation of government. Fair fees benefit everyone.”

This week, AB 629 was heard by the Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight during a public hearing. This hearing, and subsequent executive session to be held at a later date, is a critical step in the legislative process. Rep. Allen looks forward to moving this common sense legislation forward, and hopefully getting the bill signed into law. 


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Have a concern or idea regarding state government? The last Beer with Scott of the year is coming up, and Rep. Allen wants to hear from you. 

The Beer with Scott format is simply pre-scheduled, one-on-one, ten-minute meetings with constituents right before the Thursday Night Football game.  We saw a great response last fall, and want to continue these productive interactions.

The next Beer with Scott this fall will be held on Thursday, December 12 from 5:30 pm. to 6:30 pm. at Club 400 - 322 Williams St, Waukesha, WI 53186

Constituents interested in talking with Representative Allen are asked to schedule a 10-minute time slot by contacting his office. Appointments will be made on a first-scheduled, first served basis. To schedule a meeting, call 608-266-8580, or email Rep.Allen@legis.wi.gov