Falls High School Student Charged With Threatening to Shoot Up The School

Suspect made repeated threats to police, staff and students in January about creating a "Columbine" incident at the school.

A Menomonee Falls High School student is facing charges for allegedly threatening to shoot up the school and create a “Columbine” incident.

Lewis A. Summit, 17, of Milwaukee, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday with two counts of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he could face up to six months in prison and $1,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Jan. 27, police were called to the high school after Summit made repeated threats to staff and students about shooting up the school and making references to the Columbine school shooting in Colorado.

The officer then heard Summit say “I’m going to (expletive) shoot up this place..."

When police arrived at the school, Summit was having a heated discussion with an assistant principal. The officer then heard Summit say “I’m going to (expletive) shoot up this place,” and then immediately took him into custody.

Summit continued to make threats about shooting up the school to the officer and threatening to bring in more people to help him “shoot the place up.”

Police then spoke to Summit’s grandmother who is his guardian and she said he had been making threatening remarks recently. Students and staff said he also made remarks about shooting up the school to them on Jan. 26 as well.

He will make his initial appearance in court March 26.

Barb March 09, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Disturbing to say the least. The grandmother said he had been making threats recently? This is not a reason to maybe get him to see someone or contact social services? Obviously this grandparent isn't much of an authority figure in his life. Just let him go to school and pretend nothing is going on~! Unfortunately the article doesn't have much detail about the situation. Why is the student so angry?
Barb March 09, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Just saw the monthly crime report for MF and the HS has had three incidents this past month.
Christopher H March 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I think the school district needs to step up their safety to the students. I am a freshman at the High School, and I didn't even hear about this. This should be taken very serious, and I think they should notify parents right away when a threat has been reported.
Jann March 09, 2012 at 07:52 PM
The school district just left an automated message regarding this article. They are noting that the article was not accurate when it was reported that students heard the threats, that it was only an administrator and police officer. They did not clarify whether or not this happened two days in a row. If it did happen two days in a row, then what took so long to call police? Also, not sending an e-mail to parents regarding the situation was VERY wrong. What a way to find out. Thanks for letting us know Patch.
Steve March 09, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Beth March 09, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I don't care who the boy said it to. How is it any less serious that he only said it to adults? I did not like the tone of the message. It was very "this is no big deal and the kids weren't really at risk". The school handled this poorly. The only reason we got that automated message was because Patch reported it and I'm guessing the kids were talking about it today. I got my message at 1:45 this afternoon. Major fail MFHS!!
Craig March 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Jesus..... KMHS makes the news for graffitti and sends students home. MFHS hides it. Then makes excuses that no student heard the threats. Maybe the administration isn't qualified to do their job properly? What I want to know is why this was hidden from us for five (5) weeks, and took two separate threats.
David March 09, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The Schools need to wake up and understand their number 1 job is to protect our kids and not all the other crap they are doing. Second is to educate our kids once the kids are 100% safe. anything less is failure by them and if they cannot do this they should be removed.
Steve March 09, 2012 at 10:31 PM
We should probably not go to school at all since it is so unsafe. That or make it an equal playing field.
Menoparent March 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Just heard the message on my message machine. They basically say that this news site is wrong about the police report stating that he threatened students and staff. Well, he did threaten them or the school would have never called the police to begin with. And that parents don't have a right to know unless a student directly heard the threat. No mention of what happened on the 26th. May take is they would have let everyone know, but someone mentioned to the police that he was making threats the day prior and the school did not call police until the next day. Hence, we all find out 2 months later. No MFHS, you are not off the hook.
Craig March 10, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Let us pretend for the sake of argument that he never made a threat directly to a student, but only to staff....(let's believe the administration because they wouldn't lie) How the hell does that change anything? The fact that he made threats on more than one occassion tells me someone tried to cover it up- or we would not be finding out about it 5 weeks later. But WHY is that? Is it because it involves a 220 kid? Is this special treatment again? A Disorderly Conduct charge is a joke, terroristic threats is more like it. I wonder if this was a "rich Falls kid" what the charges would be. One has to ask what if??? What if this kid followed through on his threats and made another Columbine? We would be saying, "no way the district ignored threats, they have to deal with that stuff immediately... Only an idiot would make that mistake. Could never happen since Columbine." Thank God nothing more happened, no thanks to MFHS.
Former student and current parent March 10, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Bring Woosencraft back he woulda kicked some ass and took names!!!
Steve March 10, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Jann March 10, 2012 at 04:13 PM
WISN Channel 12 was at the school and ran a story on this. (You can see it on their website.) Nice PR disaster they've created.
Menoparent March 10, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Jan, yes but I am little disappointed that they didn't talk about the report saying that they didn't call the police the day before when threats were made. The school says that never happened, I wonder. I also called the Journal to see if they would further this investigation. Either the school is telling the truth or the police report in incorrect, or the school has friends at police department to ratify complaint???
Jann March 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Menoparent: I think the school is hiding it. Obviously they screwed up. I'd love to know what he said the day before, but we never will. They inform us about every darn fundraiser they have and decide we didn't need to know about this! Why was he charged with two counts of disorderly conduct? Were they both from the second day or one from the first day and one from the second?
Craig March 10, 2012 at 06:02 PM
To me the threat of: "spraying kid[s]" [with bulletts] is more than disorderly conduct. The districts PR person can spin the story any way they want, but that statement in the Police report is a directed threat. I wonder how much other stuff never leaks out?
Menoparent March 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I have emailed the editor of this site to respond to the school saying that this article was incorrect, realize that the author should also have been emailed too. has anyone done so?
Menoparent March 10, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Jann: that's the big question, i think the school wanted it to mean the adult and the officer as 2 adults from their message. I plan on attending the "meet the candidates" for school board this Thurs. 7-9 p.m. at village hall. I am sure this will come up in discussions.
Jon Gutwillig March 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Im sorry, but there is a huge difference if this was said in front of students or just administration & a police officer! If they took him into custody, and began the process of determining charges & things being uncertain, why call all parents who are overly sensitive in the first place, and are going to turn this into something like this before all the facts are figured out. I think administration is handling this fine, and I always feel like my child is safe since he's been enrolled in the SDMF. As a parent who came from a district where the school my son went to had numerous safety concerns for students & staff, and I had no other choice but for my son to attend that school, I think people here need to calm down, and realize that this is a strong community, a great school with caring & passionate teachers, and an administrative team who is competent! Be happy with what you have instead of alway finding every little thing to jump on! Otherwise move, Arrowhead is always looking for more students!
Jann March 10, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Jon Gutwilling: Really, we should just pack up and move? Some of us have lived in the community all our lives. How about getting our tax dollars worth? The administration admitted they goofed by not telling us about this and said they will in the future. You feel your child is safe huh? How many other things did they hide that made for an unsafe environment. How old is your child? Mine is an adult and is at the high school. He does not feel safe about this and is not happy the students were not informed. Neither was the male student they interviewed on the news.
Craig March 10, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Nice Jon, real nice. Move? How will that prevent your kid from getting lead poisoning? Do you know the biggest threat to staying safe is a false sence of security? As far as 'jumping on every little thing': If you think this is a little thing you are either nuts, or sleeping with one of the Administrators who screwed up. When you say to move, you are implying white flight. How would that do anything at all to improve the safety in MFSD? You admit moving your kid to MFSD because of safety issues in another district- how did your moving here improve the issues for that district? You ran away from the problem and did nothing to fix it.
Beth March 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Jon, what's the difference who it was said to? That makes no difference to me as a parent. My two children attend MFHS and when a threat is made, we have a right to know about it. The fact that this went on for two days really upsets me as a parent. Why was nothing done on the first day? Why was he allowed back the next day? If this story had played out differently would you still accuse me of overreacting? And move to another district? Not a chance my husband and I both grew up in Menomonee Falls and we are here for good. All I ask is the my kids are safe when they are at school and the school has let me down. Maybe youshould ask the parents of the children shot in Ohio if we are overreacting.
Craig March 10, 2012 at 11:59 PM
I doubt the Police report was wrong. The statement of the student is clearly threatening. http://www.wisn.com/video/30648965/detail.html
Menoparent March 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
read this morning's Journal, they have an article about this. They report that Maersh, who I believe is a school official, said that he made inappropriate comments the day prior to a student and a staff member at last period of day, but Maersh said they were not deemed threatening????
Menoparent March 11, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Mitch Maersch is a school district spokesman and they have allowed 4 comments on the Journal articles and have stopped anyone from any further comments????
Craig March 12, 2012 at 05:00 PM
What I find most disturbing about this is: IF the kid was able to control his mouth in the office- he may have not said anything to anyone, and then later acted out. There had to be other signs there before he made that statement about spraying kids. What is more disturbing is how those signs went unnoticed. What was he meeting with the Assistant Principal for? Too much of the story is vague.
jerry mislang March 14, 2012 at 12:36 AM
The difference between overly sensitive (your words) and overly cautious (my words) is that someone is less likely to be hurt if your overly cautious. My dear departed mom always said "better safe than sorry". I will give a a shout out for using your real name.
Bitter Clinger March 15, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Lewis A. Summit, 17, of Milwaukee? Export this excrement back to the city.
tara starling August 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM
good .. comment.. the kid is angry because of the grandmother...not taking care of him..spending his money on everything but him... this child is tired of going without.. he is disabled but knows that he is suppose to get something out of his SSI check...and he was not serious about blowing up the school... he was only letting out some stream ... the teachers and grandmother and neighbors were always picking on him...


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