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Weston schools administrator: Nation must confront school violence


CAZENOVIA, WI (WTAQ) - Tom Andres knows all about the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre.

Andres is the administrator of the Weston schools at Cazenovia in southwest Wisconsin. That’s where 15-year-old Eric Hainstock walked into his high school with guns on a Friday morning in September of 2006, and shot principal John Klang to death.

Andres said the nation must get confront what’s causing school violence, get to the root of the problem, and help those who are troubled.

Andres said police-school liaison officers and guidance counselors must improve the way they assess threats. And he said parents need to keep a closer eye on their kids’ exposure to violence in the video games, and other media they’re involved with. Andres said the Connecticut massacre brings back the horrible memories of what Hainstock did.

The Cazenovia shootings were among 3 deadly incidents within a week at the nation’s schools in 2006. And that was just two weeks before a major school attack was halted at Green Bay East High School, when another student overheard something and spoke up. In that case, students who were bullied reportedly planned for at least a couple years to shoot school-mates they didn’t like.