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Schools face additional threats

2 more in ECmake it 5 totalfor area districts

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    DeLong Middle School students get on the bus after school on Monday, April 3, 2017.

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Two additional threats were made to two Eau Claire schools last week, bringing the total to five threats made at area schools over the past two weeks.

Late Thursday afternoon, a vague threat was written on the wall of a boys’ restroom at North High School, Eau Claire police spokeswoman Bridget Coit said.

The inscription said “I/​U will bomb the school.”

Students were not evacuated.

Police investigated and extra law enforcement presence was at the high school Friday, Coit said.

Coit did not have information as to whether a suspect has been identified.

On Wednesday, graffiti left in a girls’ restroom at DeLong Middle School vaguely mentioned a bomb, Coit said.

Police investigated and identified a 12-year-old female DeLong student as the suspect. The girl was referred to Eau Claire County juvenile intake officials on a charge of making a bomb scare.

DeLong staff met with students to discuss a safe environment at school and how to appropriately ask for help, Coit said.

Two 16-year-old students were referred on charges of terrorist threats and making a bomb scare after a threat was made Nov. 13 at Chippewa Falls High School.

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

In that case, a life-threatening message was written in a girls’ restroom stall at Chi-Hi. Three more messages were found: one was in a boys’ restroom, and two threats were written on paper and left in both restrooms.

A 15-year-old girl admitted to writing threats in a girls’ restroom Nov. 8 at Memorial High School. She was referred to juvenile authorities on charges of making a bomb scare and terrorist threats.

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 Nov. 14  in a restroom. The school was placed on non-emergency lockdown for about 3½ hours as Menomonie police searched the school for potential weapons.

Police are still investigating the incident.

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


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