OSHKOSH, WIS. (AP) - A Wisconsin teenager who was shot and wounded when he stabbed a school resource officer has been ordered to stand trial.
Grant Fuhrman, 17, is charged as an adult with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the Dec. 3 attack at Oshkosh West High School.
Fuhrman is accused of stabbing Mike Wissink multiple times with a barbecue fork. Court documents say the officer was unable to reach his stun gun so he shot Fuhrman twice. Neither was seriously injured.
The school was evacuated and classes were cancelled for two days.
A shackled Fuhrman appeared in a Winnebago County courtroom Thursday where a judge bound him over for trial, WLUK-TV reported.
The teen's mother, Tina Fuhrman, spoke out for the first time Thursday.
"He's loved and supported by so many people," she said. "He's a good kid."
Fuhrman has been behind bars on a $1 million cash bond since his first court appearance last month.
"Grant is very scared and very confused, at this time," said Fuhrman's attorney Chadwick Kaehne. "Let us not forget that Grant was shot in the chest, and that itself is a very traumatic experience."
If convicted, Fuhrman faces up to 60 years in prison. He's due back in court Feb. 19.
RHINELANDER - With schools closed, teachers can't have face-to-face interaction with their students for now. One local resource officer was missing that connection too, so he found another way to reach out to the kids he's used to seeing every day.
Deputy Michael Baran oversees the four elementary schools in the Rhinelander district.
"I kind of bounce throughout the schools and try to stop in the classrooms as much as I can," said Baran. "I'm in there helping kids read books or work on their math problems."
To continue that tradition, Baran posted a video of himself online reading a popular children's book so students could read along at home. The idea came from Crescent Elementary School principal Gayle Daniel, who saw Baran as the perfect host for a virtual story time.
"Michael is such an important part of our school community," said Daniel. "Having parents read stories, older siblings, family members… It's really important that they are read to and that they also read."
RHINELANDER & WAUSAU - These days, many people are dealing with major changes to our lives, thanks to COVID-19. But experts say, for those with mental disabilities like autism, that struggle is multiplied.
Local health experts say people with mental disabilities often prefer a consistent schedule and routine. Now, thanks to coronavirus, all that has been interrupted and that has caused stress and uncertainty.
"That's very important for children who struggle on a day to day basis just to maintain a schedule for consistency," said Rosaleta Pahnke, who is a mom with special needs children. "It helps relieve some of the anxiety and the fear to them would be the unknown."
MADISON - A federal judge on Thursday declined to postpone Wisconsin's presidential primary as the coronavirus spreads, but he ordered that people be given an extra six days beyond Tuesday's election for absentee voting.
U.S. District Judge William Conley blasted state leaders' decision not to delay the election to protect people's health but refused to postpone it himself, saying a federal judge shouldn't act as the state's health officer.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross cautioned Thursday that the coronavirus outbreak that has already led to the suspension of all in-person spring classes could also force changes to the fall semester, which is scheduled to begin in August.
Cross, in addressing the university's Board of Regents, said UW was working on various scenarios based on rapidly changing conditions. The flagship UW-Madison campus announced Thursday that it was moving all in-person summer classes scheduled to start in May to online only, another sign that leaders don't expect a return to normalcy for months.
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