New Holstein HS Back to Normal After Lockdown Last Week - WBAY

New Holstein HS Back to Normal After Lockdown Last Week

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It's business as usual at New Holstein High School today, just days after a security breach forced staff and students into a lock down. We learned today it was a former student who caused the commotion.

New Holstein School District officials say their security measures worked last Friday, even though a man, now identified as a former student was able to get into the common area of the building. Officials tell us like any other guests at the school, the man was buzzed in through the locked front door and admitted access to the office where he then broke the rules.

"He came in as former students and wanted to see a teacher," says District Administrator Bill Van Meer. "And then once he got into the office he kind of escaped through the office door and went on into the hallway."

According to police, a combination of the "off the wall" comments the man was making and how he was acting when he ran into the common area of the building is what led school officials to call for the lock down.

Police Chief Brian Reedy says, "Having the backpack, having the jacket, wearing the sunglasses that was of concern and secondly he was also wearing rubber gloves."

The high school principal was able to locate the man and detain him until police arrived, but even then the man was still combative.

Says Police Chief Reedy, "Once he was detained he was fighting with school personnel who had confronted him as well as Captain Hebl from the New Holstein Police Department until other officers arrived on scene."

Not knowing what was in the man's backpack, police called for the bomb squad which deemed the bag to be safe. The lock down was lifted and now district officials are working with students and parents to make sure everyone feels comfortable in class.

"This is very unusual for our community," says Van Meer. "It's a very quiet community and it's very unusual and we wanted to make sure that everyone had the information with regards to how we handled it and that their kids are safe while they're here at school."

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