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Teens referred to juvenile court in Chi-Hi bomb threat case

Suspect still sought by police in violence threat at Menomonie High School

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    The first of three threatening messages written on walls of restrooms at Chippewa Falls High School was found at about 8:30 a.m. Monday. The threats mentioned violent acts, shootings and bombs. A 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, both sophomores at the high school, have been identified as the people behind the threatening messages.

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The two 16-year-old suspects in threats made Monday at Chippewa Falls High School have been referred on charges of terrorist threats and making a bomb scare, according to authorities.

The boy and girl were referred to Chippewa County juvenile authorities.

It was one of three threats made at area schools in just under a week.

Just before 9 a.m. Monday, a life-threatening message was written in a girl’s restroom stall at Chi-Hi. Three more messages were found — one in a boy’s restroom, and two threats were written on paper and left in both restrooms.

The notes mentioned guns in school and potential bombs and weapons outside the school if it was evacuated.

Chippewa Falls authorities believe the threat there may have been inspired by the bomb threat discovered five days earlier at Memorial High School in Eau Claire. A 15-year-old girl has admitted to writing threats in a girl’s restroom.

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

Police were called to Memorial at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8. Two written statements on restroom stall dividers 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

A threat to shoot up Menomonie High School was written on what appears to be toilet paper and found Tuesday morning in a restroom. The school was placed on nonemergency lockdown for about 3½ hours as Menomonie police searched the school for potential weapons.

“I’m going to shoot up this (expletive) school on 11/​14,” the handwritten note said.

Following a search of the school, and after several interviews of potential witnesses were conducted, individual classrooms of students and staff were cleared for release. Even though no weapons were found at the school, Menomonie police were present at the high school the remainder of the day.

Menomonie police are still investigating the incident, Chief Eric Atkinson said.

Anyone with any information regarding the threat is asked to contact Menomonie police at715‐232‐2198. Anonymous tips may be submitted through Dunn County Crime Stoppers atdunncocrimestoppers.com.

Contact: 715-556-9018, pamela.powers@ecpc.com, @MenomonieBureau on Twitter


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