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Westfield student arrested Monday for making shooting threat; schools were locked down for 2 hours

December 18, 2018

WESTFIELD — Westfield schools were locked down for about two hours Monday due to the threat of a possible shooting.

At 10:33 a.m. the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from the CIA Threat Management Department concerning a threat it received via email through its website, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Westfield schools were notified and immediately locked down.

The sheriff’s office, Westfield School District and federal government were able to determine who made the threat and the suspect was arrested. Westfield schools were released from the lockdown at 12:30 p.m.

“Safety first,” Bob Meicher said of the law enforcement response Monday, which included the sheriff’s office, Westfield Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol. “It was wrapped up really quickly and we’re very thankful for that.”

Meicher said the suspect was a male student in the district.

“He was arrested, there will be charges filed and school consequences, too, obviously,” Meicher said.

He said early in the school’s investigation of the threat it became clear that “this was not a credible threat and was a kid doing something foolish.”

Westfield — which has about 1,200 students in four school buildings — continued classroom lessons for the duration of the lockdown. Students did not leave the classrooms they were in until the lockdown concluded.

Montello School District leaders also were notified of the threat but did not lock down their facilities, said superintendent Margaret Banker. A deputy sheriff was deployed to the school as a safety measure.

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