Chippewa Falls High School students and staff are free to move about the building again this afternoon after a lockdown was instituted this morning following the discovery of messages in three bathrooms threatening violent acts including shootings and bombs.
Those threats were specific, law enforcement and school officials said, including one that mentioned harming students if they were allowed to leave the building.
Two students were identified as having created the threatening messages, officials said. A search of the school building and parking lot did not reveal any weapons.
Students and staff were confined to their classrooms since a threatening note was discovered in the bathrooms.
Because of the nature of the threat, district officials asked that parents not pick up their students at the school. School staff escorted students for bathroom breaks and had lunches delivered to classrooms.
“There was a threat made that we are investigating,” said Michelle Golden, director of human resources and public relations for the Chippewa Falls school district.
A student at the school discovered the note, Golden said.
Chippewa Falls police, the Chippewa County sheriff’s office and high school administrators investigate the incident. Law enforcement were at the high school to ensure student safety.
The threat at Chi-Hi followed a bomb threat discovered Wednesday in a bathroom at Eau Claire Memorial High School. Students in that case were evacuated from Memorial. Police said a 15-year-old student there made the threat.
Read more about the situation in Tuesday’s Leader-Telegram.