Menomonie (WQOW) – There was an increased police presence at Menomonie High School on Thursday, after officials discovered a written threat to “shoot up” the school the day prior.
Menomonie’s superintendent said in this case the issues have been resolved and appropriate legal measures are underway.
Yet, after numerous threats have plagued the school district, school officials want students to be aware of the severity of making a school threat.
The School District of the Menomonie Area said their top priority is keeping kids safe.
The school district stresses that these actions result in not only discipline from the school, but those responsible also face criminal charges.
Menomonie police said students who make threats like these can be charged with a felony of making a terroristic threat. If convicted, they could face 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
School district administrator Dr. Joe Zydowsky believes the responsible students don’t understand the fear and danger their actions bring to those around them.
“What I think students might not realize is just how critical it is. That when they make these threats, they are threatening not only their classmates, but they’re threatening an entire community. It’s very severe,” Dr. Zydowsky said.
He said the school officials plan to educate students on the reality of making threats, emphasizing that it is never a joke.
Dr. Zydowsky wanted to remind students that if they see something, say something. Also, if they have any information about threats in the future, they should contact the police.