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NEW INFORMATION: 15-year-old girl admits to writing threats at Memorial High School

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UPDATE (Press Release): A 15-year-old girl has admitted to writing threats on the bathroom stall at Memorial High School.

"Right now, we're confident we got the lone person that was responsible for this," Dectective Lieutenant Derek Thomas told News 18 on Thursday. 

On November 8, 2017 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Eau Claire police responded to Eau Claire Memorial High School referencing a bomb threat written on a bathroom stall. The threat said, "Get your students out B4 I kill them", "If you don't they will die! I have a bomb and loaded gun" and "I'm hiding somewhere. You have until lunch to get them out".

Based on the threats and the time constraints, the Eau Claire Area School District made the decision to do a controlled evacuation of all students and faculty staff. Numerous members of the Eau Claire Police Department were at the High School to help facilitate the evacuation in a safe and controlled manner.

After all students and faculty members were safely released, the Eau Claire Police Department called in five bomb detection dogs from area law enforcement agencies. A thorough search was completed with no signs of explosives or firearms.

During the course of the investigation, Eau Claire Police Officers spoke with many students, faculty members and looked at video cameras. A juvenile suspect was eventually identified and interviewed. The juvenile ultimately admitted to writing the threats on the bathroom stall.

Det. Lt. Thomas said though calls like these aren't common in Eau Claire, Wednesday's threat was unlike others he's handled. 

"This is unusual. We typically don't have a threat that's imminent. Usually we have a few days to investigate the threat and work with the school district.," he said.

The juvenile was referred to the Eau Claire County Juvenile Intake for violation of Wisconsin State Statue 947.015 Bomb Scare and 947.019 Terrorist Threats. Because state lawmakers decided to increase the consequences of such threats last year, moving the crime from a misdemeanor to a felony, the teen now faces two felonies. 

"One is a bomb scare and the other is terrorist threats," Det. Lt. Thomas told News 18. 

The Eau Claire Police Department embraces the positive long standing partnership with the Eau Claire Area School District. Having safe schools in the City of Eau Claire is a shared priority. Right now, police won't say why the student made the threats. But whatever the reason, they said, authorities don't take it lightly. 

"Nothing's a joke. This wasn't a joke, we didn't take it as a joke. We took it very seriously," Det. Lt. Thomas said. 

The Eau Claire Police Department would like to thank the La Crosse Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Police Department and the Bureau of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Their assistance with providing bomb detection dogs helped ensure a safe building within a very timely manner.

News 18 reached out to other schools around the Chippewa Valley Thursday to find out what they would do in a situation like this. School officials in Chippewa Falls, Altoona and at North High School all said they have evacuation plans for all kinds of emergencies, including threats of violence like active shooters. 



UPDATE (WQOW) -  Students at Memorial High School were dismissed by a controlled release at 11:15 a.m. because of a threat to the school. 

A News 18 reporter was in the school for a different story at the time, and was held in place prior to evacuating. An announcement came over the public address system telling students to ignore school bells, because classes were on hold, and to stay in their classrooms until further notice.

"The threat was against the students and staff at the school," said Deputy Chief with the Eau Claire Police Department, Matt Rokus.

On Wednesday, the threat written on the restroom wall of Memorial High School forced officials to evacuate the building.

It reads 'get your students out before I kill them' 'I have a bomb and loaded gun.'

"The safety of the students at the school is always the top priority," Rokus said. "Because of the specificity of the threat, the school district did decide to do a controlled evacuation of the school. Our police officers were there today to help assist with the safe exit of all the students and staff at Memorial.

"They told us to leave our backpacks in a classroom and told us to leave the building immediately, right away," said Memorial freshman Noah Sandoval.

Angela Huang has a freshman daughter, and told News 18 recent tragedies across the country make a threat here at home that much scarier.

"You kind of worry about all these things, you know, bombings and mass shootings going on," Huang said. "You worry, even though this is a very relatively safe town I think, but you as a parent you worry anyway."

Anyone with information, or anybody who recognizes the handwriting, is asked to contact the Eau Claire Police Department (Sgt. Ben Frederick 715-839-4990.)



November 8, 2017 3:43 p.m.
UPDATE (WQOW)
- Eau Claire police are releasing more information in regards to a threat at Memorial High School Wednesday morning, and asking for your help.

Police said two messages were written in a bathroom at the school. Officers are still investigating the threats, and are continuing to communicate with the Eau Claire School District.

Anyone with information, or anybody who recognizes the handwriting, is asked to contact the Eau Claire Police Department (Sgt. Ben Frederick 715-839-4990.)

If you would like to report information anonymously you can contact Crime Stoppers at 715-874-TIPS or http://www.eauclairecountycrimestoppers.org/. You may be eligible for a reward.

The school district will also be in contact with parents and families regarding any additional information for resuming classes and your child's safety.



Eau Claire (WQOW) - Students at Memorial High School were dismissed by a controlled release starting at 11:15 a.m. because of a threat to the school. 

A threat was left in a Memorial High School bathroom Wednesday morning.  Investigators have not yet found the person, or persons, responsible, the school district is taking precautions. Therefore, students who have personal transportation will be dismissed starting at 11:15 a.m.

Students who normally take the bus, will be transported to McPhee Center at the University of Wisconsin –Eau Claire beginning at 11:15 a.m.; from McPhee they will be transported by Student Transit home, or by personal arrangement between parent and student(s). 

The Eau Claire Police Department is assisting with these arrangements.

The Boys & Girls Club told News 18 they are open until 8 p.m. today for any Memorial students looking for a safe place to go

This is a developing story, stay with News 18 for the latest information

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