Student arrested for Homestead online threat

Posted at 10:30 AM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-22 13:30:18-05

A 15-year-old Homestead High School student was arrested Friday morning for allegedly posting a threatening message that prompted officials to close Homestead High School Friday.

Mequon Police Chief Steve Graff and Mequon-Thiensville School District Demond A. Means held a news conference Friday morning to announce the arrest and explain what happened.

Graff said students and teacher contacted school officials Thursday after seeing a threatening message on an app called Whatsgoodly.

“There was  a message being delivered … the final option with a gun, a firearm,” Means said.

Police obtained a search warrant on the student’s home and the teen was arrested Friday morning. He was charged with making a bomb threat and unlawful use of a computer communication system.

The app allows messages to disappear after a certain amount of time, but the students were able to get screenshots. 

"This should be a message to students who think they can remain anonymous and hide behind these apps ... you can’t," Means said. 

Evening classes at the school will continue as planned, but officials said to expect extra security.

The district put calls and a letter out to parents about the situation Thursday. It also posted the letter on the school's web site telling parents the school would be closed Friday.