BELIOT, Wis. (WSAU) - A 58-year-old Beloit man told police he was trying to test the security system at an elementary school, when he tried forcing his way through a locked side door – and was arrested.
The suspect was not armed, and no one was hurt. The incident occurred yesterday at Converse Elementary in Beloit, four days after the Connecticut school shootings. The man faces possible charges of disorderly conduct and violating a previous probation. According to authorities, a teacher saw the man – who was wearing camouflage – trying to open a side door. And the teacher then told a nearby kindergartener that students should never open outside doors for anyone. The teacher then cleared the hallway and told office personnel about the man.Beloit Schools lock their outside doors during the day except for the front entrances, which are monitored.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has called for armed tactical officers to be placed in every school and public place in the nation. Clarke wrote a commentary which was posted on the “Tea Party Perspective” Web site. He also criticized new gun control proposals in the aftermath of the Connecticut tragedy. Clarke accused of liberals of using tragedy to quote, “take our rights away.”