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Missing gun causes Sparta school closure Tuesday

Brad Williams

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Sparta Police, pictured outside Sparta High School during a lockdown in 2018

No classes will be held in the Sparta School District on Tuesday, because of concerns that a student might have a missing handgun.

Around 2:45 p.m. Monday, a secure perimeter and classroom hold were ordered at Sparta High School on Monday afternoon, after administrators were told that a student might be armed.

The student was not in school on Monday, and police do not know where the person is.

Monday evening activities in the district were cancelled, and all the Sparta public schools will be closed to students and staff Tuesday.

The school also related info to surrounding school districts, as well.

This is the second consecutive year that a lockdown has occurred in the Sparta schools on the first day of class after Thanksgiving, because of safety concerns.

In the situation last year, a threat was reported on social media, but no weapon was found.

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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