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School goes on at Riverside High School after online terrorist threats

Posted at 12:39 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 13:39:28-04

Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee police arrested a 20-year-old man at midnight at his home. He’s accused of making terrorist threats on social media, but his actions weren’t enough to cancel classes at Riverside University High School and keep students like Catalina Cruz home.

“My parents did find out that the Milwaukee police did find the person who was sending those threats, so I felt safe to come to school,” Cruz said.

In a statement, Andy Nelson, a spokesperson for MPS said:

“This evening we became aware of a possible threat on social media and are working with MPD to monitor the situation to ensure all students and staff remain safe. The school day will continue as normal and MPD will keep a presence at the riverside high school during the day.”

The city's office of violence prevention also offered its support to students and staff Wednesday morning as students filed into the school building.

“It’s just important to show that the community cares about our students. We care about the student as well who was bullied and allegedly put that online,” Reggie Moore, director of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention said."

Safety concerns swirled around the hallways of Riverside last month too. On Sept. 27th, students were briefly evacuated after firecrackers went off inside the school, many mistaking the sound for shots fired.