A 15-year old girl came forward on Nov. 29 to take responsibility for writing the threatening note found in the girls bathroom at Menomonie High School on Nov. 14.

The girl admitted to writing the note that read: “I am going to shoot up this school” that was found on Nov. 14 and resulted in a school-wide preventative lockdown.

Nothing of danger was reported found during the lockdown, and a two-week investigation followed in which students who had entered the bathroom were questioned about the incident.

“The school administration worked with the Menomonie Police Department to identify the person responsible and ultimately received a confession,” Superintendent Joe Zydowsky said Monday.

The juvenile girl was referred to the Dunn County Attorney’s Office for possible charges of terrorist threats, a Class I felony. As of Monday, no other information is being released from the DA’s office until charges have been set.

According to a statement on the MPD’s Facebook page shortly after the lockdown took place pointed out that a terrorist threat for individuals between the ages of 14 and 16 may be tried either as juveniles or adults.

Potential charges for adults for a threat of this nature could come with a $25,000 fine and 10 years in prison. Bomb scares are also classified as felonies, which could include a $20,000 fine and three-and-a-half years in prison.


Dunn County News reporter

Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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