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Social media threat reported involving Whitefish Bay Middle School

Schools remain open
Posted at 8:20 AM, Feb 16, 2018

Officials were notified about a social media threat involving Whitefish Bay Middle School Friday morning, the district said in an email and voicemail to parents.

"This morning District officials were notified by a school community member of an alleged social media threat involving a Whitefish Bay Middle School student and 'a school,'" the email reads. "No date, time or specifics were reported to District officials."

The threat comes two days after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. School threats were also reported in Oak Creek and Pleasant Prairie Thursday. One student was taken into custody in those instances.

"Whitefish Bay Police were contacted immediately and began their investigation.  The student allegedly involved is not in attendance today.  As a result of the serious nature of what was initially reported and the steps taken by police and the District to ensure the safety of all, Whitefish Bay Middle School and all other District Schools remain open," the district's email says.  

Some parents of Whitefish Bay Middle School students weren't taking any chances. They showed up to school this morning to take their children out of class. 

"It's scary," said Linda Fassbender.  "I was at my sisters house last night. I said you're lucky your kids are all done. I grew up here. I've been here my whole life. We didn't have this growing up," she said.

Fassbender removed her son from school for the day.