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Threat closes Homestead High School

Posted: 8:02 PM, Jan 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-22 11:45:14-05

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MEQUON -- Homestead High School in Mequon will be shut down Friday because of a threat. The rest of the Mequon-Thiensville School District schools will be open as normal.

The district put calls and a letter out to parents about the situation. It also posted the letter on the school's website. It told parents Homestead High School will not have any classes.

The other schools in the district would, but parents and students should expect more police there.

As students learned of the threat they weren't sure what to think.

"It could be, it could not. There is a lot of stuff going around social media about it so it's a little iffy if it's true or not," says Morgan Bayer, student.

The district says it is taking the threat very seriously. Dr. Demond Means says the high school is being shut down because of a specific threat they found on social media. The Mequon Police Department is investigating it.

When word got to parents earlier Thursday night, one school program decided not to take any chances. The robotics club canceled its practice and got all the students and staff out of the building. 

"Parents were suddenly arriving to get their kids out of there as fast as possible. And so we have three teams competing this weekend and every single one of them had to grab everything they had and just get it out of their because we weren't sure if we would be able to get back into the school on Friday," says David Peterson, senior mentor for the Homestead High School Robotics Club.

Some of the students have been told there is a chance after school activities could resume Friday night, but that decision will come Friday afternoon.

When the high school reopens, the district says Mequon Police will be there with extra officers and parents, and students can expect security screenings.