Menomonie Police Department

Menomonie Police Department

A third area high school within a week was affected after a threat was found in a bathroom, this time in Menomonie on Tuesday morning.

Menomonie High School was sent into lockdown after a note reading “I’m going to shoot up this (expletive) school” was found in the girls’ bathroom. The lockdown was lifted later that day.

Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Menomonie Superintendent Joe Zydowsky sent a letter to parents informing them that the Menomonie Police Department was contacted and dispatched multiple vehicles to the school as a precaution. School officials had identified the threat as a non-emergency situation and asked parents to refrain from picking their children up from the school, the Herald’s sister paper, the Dunn County News, reported Tuesday.

Due to the nature of the note, classes remained on schedule during the preventative lockdown. Students who needed to use the bathroom or retrieve an item from their locker were escorted. The threat was isolated to only to the high school, the Dunn County News reported.

The last threat-related incident within the School District of the Menomonie occurred last year, when the Menomonie Middle School received threats sent via fax for two consecutive weeks.

The Menomonie lockdown came just one day after four threats were discovered in bathrooms at Chippewa Falls Senior High School, and the school was sent into a hold.

Two suspects of Monday’s Chippewa Falls incident were identified by law enforcement Monday, both of whom are sixteen-year-old students. “We don’t have any additional leads for other people, so absent new information coming in, we believe those two people are responsible,” Chippewa Falls Chief of Police Matt Kelm told the Herald Tuesday.

Chippewa Falls police suspect the threats found at Chi-Hi may have been inspired by a threat found last week at Eau Claire Memorial High School.

Chippewa Falls School District superintendent Dr. Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos said the students’ quick response helped law enforcement move quickly to immobilize the threat. “The threats were turned into staff by students. These students are to be commended...Also, our students were incredible in how they handled a difficult situation,” Taylor-Eliopoulos said.

Last week a 15-year-old girl was referred to juvenile authorities after a threat was written in a bathroom of Eau Claire Memorial High School.

The Menomonie High School incident remains under investigation by Menomonie Police. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 715‐232‐2198. Anonymous tips may be submitted through Dunn County Crime Stoppers (www.dunncocrimestoppers.com).

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Sarah Seifert covers the city and community of Chippewa Falls. Contact her with tips or story ideas at 715-738-1608 or at sarah.seifert@lee.net.

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