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Bomb Threat Discovered at North Middle School

Police and school officials are searching for a suspect who authored graffiti in the school that was deemed a possible threat. Officials deemed there was no eminent danger to students or staff, however.

School district officials and the Menomonee Falls Police Department are continuing their investigation of a potential bomb threat made at North Middle School Tuesday.

According to Falls Police Capt. Mark Waters and District Superintendent Patricia Greco, graffiti discovered within the school indicated the possibility of a bomb threat. Waters said the investigation is ongoing, and didn’t release what the threat was or where it was located in the school.

North Middle School Prinicipal Lynn Grimm sent a voicemail to parents Tuesday, and Greco sent a letter stating that they were investigating the threat. However, both indicated that the threat had not caused eminent danger for students or staff. Both police officers and a canine unit performed a search of the school Tuesday.

“Please talk to your children tonight about the serious nature of making these types of threats. These investigations involve a lot of police time and expense,” stated Greco in a letter to parents. “Individuals making false threats will be charged criminally and held financially responsible. We take these threats very seriously, and students will be held accountable for their actions.”

Last week, Waters said police investigated a potential gun threat made via Facebook involving Menomonee Falls High School. However, Waters said police interviewed the subjects involved and deemed the threat wasn’t credible. Officers advised the author of the posts about the serious nature and ramifications of language on the Internet.

On Wednesday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke called for stiffer consequences for individuals found guilty of making a threat. According to Patch’s media partners at FOX6, Clarke said he supports legislators who proposed a law calling for those accused of making bomb threats to be charged with felonies immediately.

He said Milwaukee County sheriffs have responded to 10 threats over the past year, which resulted in two arrests.

On Sept. 20, a 17-year-old Greendale High School student was arrested for writing a similar bomb threat on the boys bathroom wall at the school. His exploits caused school administrators to cancel Homecoming festivities. It was the second threat police responded to within a year at the school. The teen is facing felony chargers in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

In March, a Falls high school student was charged with threatening to “shoot up” the school during an altercation with police and staff. In 2011, a student at Hamilton High School made a bomb threat by writing in the bathroom as well.

“Take a moment tonight to discuss the ramifications with your child before any decision is made that might impact their personal records, place them within the court system, and impact your family financially,” Greco stated. “While we understand children sometimes don’t use sound judgment, we ask you talk to your children about the seriousness of making any threat.”

Michele Divelbiss September 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Did it happen on Tuesday? What voicemail got sent on Monday?
Dawn Baumann September 27, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Never received a call either. Got the email on Tuesday afternoon from Dr. Greco
Dad 4 life September 27, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I'm sorry but this is bulls*&#. I agree with David Clarke. Yes I recieved and email on Tuesday also. A threat is a threat, The school should have been evacuated. Grimm's comment "the threat had not caused eminent danger for students or staff" A threat is a threat doesn't anyone remember Columbine? It's time these teachers and school officials put on there big girl panties and start doing something about this. I don't need my children get shot up because some threat was just swept under the carpet. Does anyone know of a emergency evacuation plan that the disctict should have and explain it to the students? I know my employer has a plan and has been discussed with employees for emergency which includes shooting, bomb threat, fire and weather. The hushness to the student is crap. The message needs to go out to the kids. Maybe something like this, "This is Mrs. Grimm, one of our idiot students has decided to either call in or write that there is a bomb in the school or something is going to happen soon. No cause for alarm when it actually happens we will let you know. At that time most of you may get hurt so I'm sorry in advance at which time we will evacuate the building." Parents we can't take this sitting down and neither can our honest students.
Notty September 28, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Dad 4 life, didn't you get Dr. Greco's attachment in her email, all you have to do is sign up for the $80 class that will teach you how to raise your kids the "love and logic way", and everything will be fine. On a more serious note, I emailed Dr. Greco with some of your exact concerns above, and she has yet to respond.... Big surprise there!
Notty September 28, 2012 at 03:12 AM
And don't forget to donate to the scholarship auction as well.... Never miss a chance to capitalize on a crisis.
Susan C September 28, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I think only North Middle School families received the voice mail on Monday. Everyone in the district got the e-mail.
Dawn Baumann September 28, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I am a North Middle School family/parent and I never received the voicemail.
Susan C September 30, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I got confirmation from a North Middle School family. The voicemail was Tuesday, late afternoon, prior to Dr. Greco's e-mail.

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