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One in custody for Oconomowoc school threat

Posted at 4:49 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 18:44:13-04

Oconomowoc, WI - One person was taken into custody after an Oconomowoc school was threatened with violence Friday morning. The threat comes three days after a lockdown was issued at the school.

District officials didn't specify the nature of the threat but confirmed it came in around 11:45 a.m.

The school responded to our newsroom with a statement that reads in part,

“This threat was made by an individual who is not enrolled in any of our district schools. Further, this individual does not live in the Oconomowoc community.”

Vicky Finn lives just steps away from Silver Lake Intermediate School, and although her children are adults, the idea of a threat still disturbs her.

“I get very emotional," she said. "I have two children that are teachers, and I know they're adults, but they’re still my kids."

The district said police found and detained the person who issued the threat and questioned him/her.

This isn’t the school’s first run-in with a safety issue. Earlier this week, the principal of Silver Lake sent a letter home to parents after an 8th-grade classroom was forced into lockdown —that time the district said it was a “student situation.” That prompted the classroom hold. Other students were asked to stay in their classrooms to keep the hallways clear as staff handled the issue.

“Every other child in the world deserves to be safe," said Finn. "It’s terrible, it’s just terrible."

TODAY'S TMJ4 reached out to the district to ask whether parents were informed about today’s threat —we didn’t receive an answer —however, we do know parents were made aware of the classroom hold.