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UPDATE: Elk Mound superintendent talks about threat that forced lockdown


Elk Mound (WQOW) - We are now hearing from a superintendent, a day after his school went into lockdown because of a social media threat.

The Dunn County Sheriff's Office says a man from Oneida County is being investigated for allegedly posting a threat on Facebook directed at Mound View Elementary in Elk Mound. Law enforcement was tipped off around noon on Thursday. Schools were put in lockdown as deputies investigated. Once the 'all clear' was given, parents were notified.

"With the investigation going on most of the early afternoon we determined the best time to notify was would be close to the end of the day," said Superintendent Ron Walsh. "We notified through a Facebook posting as well as what we call our school messenger system which sends a phone call to all listed parents and guardians."

We don't know the specifics of the threat, but the man who made the post claims it had no meaning and it was taken down.


Elk Mound (Press Release) - At approximately 11:21 a.m. on Thursday, February 6, the Dunn County Sheriff's Office was notified of a social media threat directed at Mound view Elementary School in Elk Mound.

A concerned citizen reported to the Rhinelander Police Department that an adult male from Oneida County had placed a threatening post on Facebook concerning Mound view Elementary School in Elk Mound. Rhinelander Police then notified the Dunn County 911 center.

Several deputies along with officers from the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the area to ensure the safety of the children and staff until the incident could be further investigated.

Through investigation the adult male that made the post was identified and contacted in northern Wisconsin by law enforcement. The subject claims the post had no meaning and it was taken down.

The Dunn County Sheriff's Office is working with the district attorney in determining what charges may be filed regarding this matter.

Sheriff Smith wants the public to know that any threat regarding school safety will be taken seriously.

*****No further information will be released at this time pending further investigation.*****


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