UPDATE: Charges requested after Nekoosa High School threat
NEKOOSA (WAOW) -
The Nekoosa Police Department says it has requested charges after a threat at Nekoosa High School on Monday afternoon.
Police say an 18-year-old student, was taken into custody Monday. They say he is not in jail now, but would not comment further regarding his whereabouts.
The Nekoosa Police Chief tells Newsline 9 disorderly conduct charges were requested through the Wood County District Attorney's office. DA officials say the recommendations have been received, but not processed.
Police say the student used social media to tell another student that he possessed a gun in the school. Officials say when the student was interviewed, he said he did not have a weapon and did not bring one to school.
School officials say at about 11:15 a.m. Monday, a high school staff member was told there might be a gun in the school. The school was locked down and the decision was made to search the building.
Parents were notified of the threat and students were dismissed, with some bused to a community center as a precaution, officials said.
The school announced about 4:30 p.m. Monday that nighttime activities at the school would resume at 6 p.m. Classes resumed as normal on Tuesday.
"There's always a level of concern, obviously even doing drills there is a heightened awareness. But, there was no panic, no chaos, it was a well rounded event and the students did a great job," Nekoosa Police Chief Shawn Woods said.
Meanwhile, district leaders say the staff and students handled the situation well, saying preparation was key.
"We take safety here very seriously. If we hear of situations where kids could be harmed we take that very seriously," Whitmore explained.
"The high school principal made a dash over to the high school, and sure enough, indeed found that there was a threat. He acted on that right away and called the building into a lock down," Nekoosa Superintendent Terry Whitmore said.