Another wave of school threats hits Wisconsin

Posted at 11:19 AM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 19:24:31-04

MILWAUKEE -- Another wave of school threats hit Wisconsin Wednesday morning, possibly as part of an ongoing nationwide trend.

Both Franklin Public Schools and the Germantown School District confirmed threats against Franklin High School and County Line Elementary School, respectively. 

Sister station NBC26 in Green Bay reports that Evans Elementary in Fond du Lac and Shattuck Middle School in Neenah also have been evacuated due to threats by phone.

Franklin officials say they received an automated phone threat, and evacuated both students and staff. The district is not asking parents to pick up their kids at this time. In Germantown, County Line students are being released to their parents.

It's possible that these automated threats may be part of a nationwide trend. 

Around the same time as the threats in Wisconsin were received, threats were also reported against schools in MontanaWyomingDelawarePennsylvania, Nebraska, OhioIllinois, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Multiple schools across our state and the country, including Pleasant Prairie, were also threatened earlier this week. The Associated Press reported it may be part of the so-called "swatting" trend.

Check back often for updates on this developing story