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Kewaunee School District cancels classes Friday after gun threat

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 11:34 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2021 at 10:22 PM CST
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KEWAUNEE, Wis. (WBAY) - In a letter to parents Thursday night, the Kewaunee School District will not have school Friday after the district received a threat involving a gun Thursday morning.

The district released students early Thursday after a threat forced schools into lockdown. Kewaunee police say the target of the threat was not specific.

District officials said they must take every threat seriously and asked schools to take precautionary measures.

“The call was put through to our high school principal. who was in a meeting at that time and it was around 9:23 a.m. that he listened to that message,” School District Administrator Karen Treml said Thursday afternoon.

The district contacted law enforcement immediately and put the school on lock down shortly after.

“All of our K-5 students are in school again. The only students who were not in today were our senior class and our b group; we have a cohort model going on,” said Treml.

As a precaution, the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Office informed other school districts in the area of the threat.

“Although this was directed towards one facility, again we don’t know. We don’t know if that could have been a distraction possible towards somewhere else,” said Sheriff Matt Joski.

Students who ride the school bus and those who drive themselves to school were allowed to leave at 12:45 p.m.

All other students were released at 1:15 p.m. to a parent, guardian or emergency contact. The only entry was allowed at a security checkpoint at Center Street, and identification was required to pick up a student.

No one was allowed to walk home.

Police did a thorough search of the buildings, but will continue to investigate the source of the threat.

Counselors will be available for any students in need of support.

School is expected to resume on Monday, January 25.

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