Antigo prom shooter’s mom says her son was bullied

WAOW-TV
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ANTIGO, Wis. (WAOW) – An Antigo mother’s life was shaken after finding out her only son was responsible for firing shots outside his high school prom in April.

It wasn’t until early the next morning Lorrie Wagner found out her 18-year-old son, Jakob, was shot and killed by an Antigo police officer and pronounced dead at the scene.

No one else was killed in the shooting, but two students were hit by Wagner’s bullets and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

In her first television interview since that night, Lorrie Wagner says her son was not a monster, but a victim of bullying. Wagner says the bullying became so bad for Jakob, she had to pull him out of middle school.

Wagner spoke with WAOW-TV about the person Jakob was, the weeks leading up to the shooting, her perception of the Antigo Police Department after they used deadly force, and how she will move on after that fateful spring night.

“If I would’ve stayed awake another half hour. If I would have had somebody talk to him. I don’t even know if I could do anything, it was his mindset that he didn’t want to go on,” Wagner said.