Person arrested for Bay Port High School social media threat

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HOWARD, Wis. (WBAY) - The Brown County Sheriff's Office has arrested a person suspected of posting a threatening message on social media involving Bay Port High School.

Bay Port High School officials began working with the sheriff's office after a student contacted them about a threat to the school.

According to Mike Frieder, the principal of Bay Port High School, they were informed sometime on Monday by a concerned student about a threat to the school that was posted on social media.

Frider says the post was made by a student who doesn't currently attend classes at Bay Port.

In a letter sent to Bay Port families, Frieder wrote that "after discussing the post with the School Resource Officers and the Brown County Sheriff's Department, they were able to identify the source of the post, and that they are continuing to be in contact with the Sheriff's Office to offer support as requested."

The sheriff's office says school resource officers quickly identified the person who sent the message but officers had to work carefully to make sure the suspect wasn't aware that they knew their identity.

They are the only person of interest in this case, the sheriff's office says, and their case is being forwarded to the Brown County district attorney's office to determine if charges are warranted.

Parents were also encouraged in the letter to start a conversation with their children about how making threats of any form are serious, as well as using social media appropriately.