“The public has to be protected:” FOX6 learns of second incident involving Waukesha school intruder

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WAUKESHA -- Last week, he stormed his way into Lowell Elementary School in Waukesha and hit several people. Now, we're learning that wasn't the first time this 17-year-old physically assaulted someone. Just days before the incident at Lowell, police say he wandered into a rec center and slapped two teachers.

Schuetze Rec Center in Waukesha

Schuetze Rec Center in Waukesha

It was a quiet afternoon at the Schuetze Rec Center in Waukesha.

"We had just finished with our bridge group," Jim Karius remembers.

Karius was just cleaning up when he heard loud noises from the front door.

"I could hear hollering, screaming and banging on the glass doors," Karius said.

Waukesha police say the boy at the door had wandered into the building on September 24th. Officials say the 17-year-old allegedly struck a staff member and slapped two teachers before being locked out.

"He had roughed some women up," Karius said.

Schuetze Rec Center in Waukesha

Schuetze Rec Center in Waukesha

Police arrived, but the teen wasn't arrested. We're told he had an autistic episode, and can barely communicate with anyone.

Karius was surprised to learn just days later, on September 29th, police say the same boy forced his way into Lowell Elementary School -- hitting two clerical workers inside, and punching Lydia Dischler in the face as he left the building.

Lydia Dischler

Lydia Dischler

"Instantly my lips swelled up. I started to bleed from my mouth," Dischler said.

Both incidents appear to be random -- with the teen striking without any warning, but its unlikely the boy will ever face criminal charges.

"What does that mean? How often can he do this?" Karius said.

The Waukesha County district attorney tells FOX6 News prosecutors won't be able to prove intent because of the teen's cognitive disability.

The district attorney says the boy wouldn't even have a recollection of either event. But still, some feel more needs to be done.

Lowell Elementary School

Lowell Elementary School

"The public has to be protected," Karius said.

The district attorney says there are other interventions occurring outside the criminal justice system -- like behavioral health help, to monitor and assist the boy.

We're told by police his grandmother is his primary caregiver.

Police say they are not aware of any other incidents involving the boy.

FOX6 News is not naming the boy, because he is a minor and wasn't charged with a crime.

7 comments

  • Opinion8d

    What the hell is going on here??? Are we waiting for him to kill someone?? After every tragic incident they look at the signs -always 20/20, but here you have someone who clearly is not able to control himself and needs to be taken into custody-and it’s not even like it would be unlawful to detain him. How many more incidents need to happen????

    And PLEASE quit referring to this 17yr old as a ‘BOY’ – he is clearly not a boy – he is a ruthless, mental case who needs to be arrested. Quit with the ‘autistic episode’ BS!

  • dylan

    so are we going to ait until he kills someone believe me if anything happens to anyone in my family I will do what is necessary to protect myself from any threat..He obviusly is out of control and a danger to the public is the grandmother going to pay the people who were assualted medical expenses a civil lawsuit maybe in order

  • 2ECOND

    it sounds like he is at least going into gun free zones, that should put peoples minds at ease knowing he cant shoot anyone….(sarcasm)

  • Larry

    According to another article on this site, the Oregon shooter may have had Asperger’s as well as the Sandy Hook shooter. Yes something needs to be done for the mentally ill/challenged but letting this violent kid/man off with no kind of legal consequences makes no sense when we have all seen the tragedy it can lead to. He’s clearly a threat to others, which is usually what it takes to get him help. Hate to see them let him walk only to have another tragedy occur then there will be lots of explaining and apologizing to be done.

  • anita m pennoyer

    I don’t understand why he isn’t under constant supervision? If I had a child like this there would be no way he would be wondering the streets if they can’t handle him it’s time to put him in a home

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