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Shots fired at school in neighboring Waukesha County

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December 2, 2019 – Waukesha, WI – Following up on a story posted Sunday, Dec. 1 at WashingtonCountyInsider.com regarding West Bend Police Chief sending a note to parents in the West Bend School District about a reported threat on social media.The Chief indicated the message could not be traced nor did it specify a high school or city.Now, it’s been reported on Fox 6 that a suspect has been taken into custody following shots fired at Waukesha South High School.

West Bend School Superintendent Don Kirkegaard said there are extra police at the West Bend High School today.

“We have extra police on site and I just talked to the West Bend Police Chief and he said the incident in Waukesha was not in any way related to what our notification was last night. It was an isolated incident according to Waukesha. The boy is in custody,” said Kirkegaard.

“We are doing everything we can to make sure our kids are and remain safe at all times.”

Kirkegaard said the school is “not in a lockdown.”

“We do have quite a few kids who did not come today and some parents are picking up their kids at noon today… which is their right and there are others leaving at noon because of what happened at Waukesha.”

This is a developing story and more details will be released when information becomes available. 

West Bend Police Chief sent notice to families in West Bend School District about reported threat. That story is below.

December 1, 2019 – West Bend, WI – West Bend Police Chief Ken Meuler sent a note to parents and students in the West Bend School District regarding a reported threat on social media.  Below is his message.

“On November 7, 2019, a 19-year-old female reported to the West Bend Police Department that she saw a message on social media that said on December 2 there would be a shooting at the high school. The message did not specify a high school or city. The woman stated because she lives in West Bend she assumed the message was directed towards one of the West Bend High Schools. The woman did not save the message and West Bend Police investigators were unable to retrieve the message from her phone.

This past week and this weekend, rumors have surfaced regarding this reported message. The West Bend Police interviewed a number of students who stated they heard about this possible social media message. No student stated they saw the message. West Bend Police reached out to a number of law enforcement agencies in Washington County and throughout Wisconsin. No other law enforcement agency received any reports of anyone seeing this message. West Bend Police and West Bend School District officials have also been monitoring social media sites and have not observed any similar messages.

The West Bend Police Department and West Bend School District encourages anyone that sees or hears something that may endanger anyone to immediately report it to police. In regard to this particular reported message, if anyone has previously or more recently seen a message that indicates violence directed at any school on December 2, please call the police department.

West Bend Police and West Bend School District officials have been in contact throughout the weekend. We are in agreement that there is no evidence that this message existed nor that it was directed at any West Bend school. All West Bend schools will be open tomorrow, Monday, December 2. As we do every school day, school liaison officers will be in the schools and officers on patrol will pay special attention to the schools.”

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