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Ashland School District remembers boy shot and killed by deputy, family in mourning

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KBJR 6 is learning more about the 14-year-old boy shot and killed by authorities Wednesday on the Bad River Indian Reservation in Ashland County.

The boy's grandfather told KBJR 6 that he believes his grandson was murdered, and that an injustice was done.

Ashland School District officials say counselors came together on Wednesday to help students deal with their grief.

The Ashland Superintendent identified the victim as Jason Pero and says he was an eighth grader at Ashland Middle School. 

The Superintendent says the district has been working hard to support students since they heard the news Wednesday afternoon, even though they're all still coming to grips with the situation themselves.

According to the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the area of Maple Street on the Bad River Reservation for a report of a male carrying a knife Wednesday morning.

They say one deputy fired two shots at Pero.

Authorities say the teen was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The Ashland Superintendent, Keith Hilts, says Pero left school early Wednesday morning because he said he was sick.

Within hours, Hilts says he learned the teenager was dead. 

He says this is a first for the district, but they worked quickly to provide any services the students may need.

"Whether you're sad, you're angry. Whether you're numb and don't feel anything, that's okay. They spoke with the students about what they needed today and so some students are doing academic work, and some students are learning a lot of other important lessons today," said Hilts.

Hilts says both the high school and the middle school had fairly low attendance on Thursday, so the district is offering these services for the next several days.

Hilts says the school will be working to remember Jason Pero, and went on to say Pero was a member of a drumming group at school and was supposed to perform Friday for Veteran's Day. 

Now, the group is looking for a way to incorporate Jason into their performance.

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office has deferred all questions to state investigators.

Officials say they found a knife at the scene of the shooting.

Authorities also say the Ashland County Deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

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