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Student removed from Whitehall school after an apparent threat of violence



A threat made in the Whitehall School District has led to a student being removed from school. 

In a Facebook post from early Wednesday, the district said it had gotten multiple reports of a social media threat against Whitehall students and schools. 

There was also a threat of violence against one or two students, but those threats did not include a specific timeline. 

Police in Whitehall contacted the juvenile who made the threat, as well as that student’s parents. 

The district and police are still investigating.         

Public Press Release:
5:00 AM – Wednesday, February 13, 2019

At approximately 9:30 PM on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, School Administrators received multiple reports of a general threat against the students of and entity of Whitehall Memorial Schools using social media. The juvenile making the threat was immediately identified. Subsequent information also showed a related threat of violence toward at least one or two specific students.

Although there was a reference to “Monday” on at least one social media post, at this time, it is believed that no specific timeline was referenced for any violent act and that no action was imminent.

Parents of the juvenile and law enforcement were notified and the Whitehall Police Department made contact with the juvenile and parents shortly after the report was made. Schools officials were also in communication with any specific students referenced in the social media posts.

The juvenile will be removed from school pending further investigation and any appropriate action will be taken as information becomes more available.

As the Whitehall School District will continue to investigate, with the assistance of local law enforcement, further updates will be provided if and when they are appropriate.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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