Comments to Oshkosh school board were misunderstood, man says, after police investigated

Amid threats and outbursts, the Oshkosh school board moved meetings online
Amid threats and outbursts, the Oshkosh school board moved meetings online
Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 11:40 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2021 at 2:47 PM CDT
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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - An Oshkosh man says he wasn’t threatening violence against the Oshkosh school board last Wednesday and his message was misunderstood.

Oshkosh Police confirmed Friday morning that they investigated comments made by a person during the meeting for the Oshkosh Area School District. Police did not say which comment during the school board meeting gained their attention, and the individual was not identified.

Eric Lenz provided a statement to Action 2 News confirming he was the person questioned by police.

As we reported Wednesday, Lenz told the board during an online meeting, “We’re coming for you, alright. That’s the way it is. We’re coming for you. That’s the bottom line.... So you just better be ready. I know you all think you are going to get away with it, or you’re protected, but you’re not.”

Lenz responded to an inquiry from Action 2 News confirming police contacted him. He wrote, “I had and have NO intentions of harming another human being or their personal property. My words were misconstrued and ‘coming for them’ meant their positions/seats. The officer that spoke with me was very professional and we shook hands after I corrected the record.”

Police say no charges are going to be filed after officers spoke to the individual and consulted with the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office.

The Oshkosh Area School District board has moved its meetings online indefinitely after an in-person meeting turned into a shouting match over the mandatory face mask policy, causing the meeting to be postponed.

Before the virtual meeting Wednesday, school board members met in closed session to discuss their safety and security.

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