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Juveniles referred for making threats of violence

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    Memorial High School students participate in a nationwide walkout on March 14 in protest against gun violence and in honor of the people who died in a school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Just a few days later, four students at Memorial detailed plans in a Facebook messenger conversation to facilitate a mass shooting at the school.

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Four Memorial High School students have been referred to Eau Claire County Juvenile Intake for violating state law pertaining to making terrorist threats.

According to information released by the Eau Claire Police Department:

On Friday, March 16, a threat of school-related violence was reported to the Eau Claire Police Department and staff with the Eau Claire school district. It was reported that a group of Memorial High School students participated in a Facebook Messenger dialogue indicating a mass shooting would occur at the school on Monday, March 26.

The text message dialogue included the sharing of photographs of firearms and several specific statements related to a planned shooting at the school. This text message dialogue occurred over the course of several days.

The school resource officer assigned to Memorial High School, school resource officers assigned to other schools in the district and district staff immediately began to follow-up on this information. Officers and school staff worked collaboratively to interview many students, parents and faculty members. The string of threatening messages and corresponding photographs were reviewed and documented as evidence of these threats.

All of the suspects involved in this matter have been identified, and there is no ongoing threat to safety. These juveniles will not be returning to Memorial High School and a safety plan is in place.

From staff reports

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