MARINETTE, Wis. (WFRV) -- The hostage situation at Marinette High School has been resolved, all hostages have been released.
Authorities say the 23 students along with one female teacher have been released from the classroom where they were held hostage by a student armed with a hand gun.
No information has been released yet on the status of the student gunman. . . The suspect had not made his motive known nor had he made any demands.
There had been numerous inaccuracies reported on social media networks including that students have been injured. There were no injuries. It's a terrible situation, and I'm sure a harrowing night for everyone in that town. I'm glad they all got out OK.
No big surprise on the inaccurate rumors getting reported. Be very leery of snap judgments about the gunman in the coming days. It's not a big surprise the gunman made no demands. That's very common--and telling.
I was happy to see that mental health counselors were already on scene to advise parents and students. Decisions made in those first few hours will impact some of those people for years to come. (It's very easy to re-traumatize victims, vs. methods to limit the initial trauma. We learned a lot at Columbine, and other tragedies.)
It was also good to see that authorities were meeting with the gunman's family. And county officials said they had run a mock training exercise last year. We really did learn a lot from Columbine. (I get asked that question a lot. Yes, we did.)
I'll follow the story and update or comment if it seems appropriate.