Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Girl, 15, identified as suspect in Memorial High School threats case

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A 15-year-old girl has been identified in connection with a written threat that was discovered Wednesday morning in a restroom at Memorial High School.

“We believe the investigation is complete and we found the sole person responsible,” Eau Claire Police Lt. Derek Thomas said Thursday.

Eau Claire Police spokeswoman Bridget Coit confirmed Thursday that the written threat occurred in a female restroom.

The juvenile was referred to Eau Claire County’s juvenile authorities on charges of making a bomb scare and terrorist threats.

Police were called to Memorial High School at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The written threats said: “Get your students out B4 I kill them. If you don’t they will die! I have a bomb and loaded gun. I’m hiding somewhere. You have until lunch to get them out.”

Based on the threats and the time constraints, Eau Claire school district officials made the decision to conduct a controlled evacuation of Memorial’s students, faculty and staff. Numerous Eau Claire police officers were at the school to help facilitate the evacuation safely, Thomas said.

The evacuation took place at 11:15 a.m. Students with personal transportation were dismissed for the day, and those who rely on the bus system were transported to UW-Eau Claire’s McPhee Physical Education Center. From there, students either took another bus home or had a guardian pick them up.

After the school was evacuated, police called in five bomb detection dogs from area law enforcement agencies. A thorough search was completed with no signs of explosives or firearms, Thomas said.

Classes resumed Thursday at Memorial.

During the investigation, officers spoke with several students and faculty members, and reviewed video cameras.

The girl was identified and interviewed. The girl admitted to writing the threats on the bathroom stall, Thomas said.

Eau Claire police received assistance in the investigation from the La Crosse and Minneapolis/​St. Paul Airport police departments, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com

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