Kimberly students' Instagram posts investigated; one referenced Columbine

KIMBERLY, Wis. (WBAY) - Instagram posts by two Kimberly High School students--one appearing to reference the Columbine High School massacre--are under investigation. And school officials tell us the posts led to the boys being suspended from school.

Fox Valley Metro Police say one post showed a Kimberly High School student holding what was initially believed to be an "assault-style rifle" (it was later determined to be an air soft gun).

The second post showed Columbine High School, the site of the 1999 massacre that killed 13 people and injured 21.

Officers searched the homes and vehicles of two students suspected of making these posts.

Police say there is no credible threat to the school or the community.

But according to Officer Mike Lambie with Fox Valley Metro Police Department, "We're not going to take any chances with that type of action, those types of posts, with that type of behavior. It's taken very very seriously from the police department."

Fox Valley Metro Police say they are working with the school district and the Outagamie County District Attorney's Office.

There's been no decision yet on possible criminal charges in this case. Police say that will be up the Outagamie County District Attorney's Office.

Additional disciplinary action could be taken against the teens by the school district.

Kimberly High School Principal Mike Rietveld sent this message to parents:

"Dear Parents,
I wanted to let you know that the safety and security of your child is our top concern. We were made aware of a social media threat to our school last night. We contacted law enforcement and it was investigated immediately. There was no credible threat to our students or school. Attached is the police release with additional details. The students responsible are not in school today. We appreciate Fox Valley Metro Police Department’s responsiveness for investigating this threat immediately to ensure our school and community’s safety.
If you any concerns about safety, please contact our school at (920)687-3024. "

In an interview with Action 2 News, the principal said, "This is not funny. This is a situation that they may perceive as funny but we have to act and react and that's just the course of number one, providing a safe learning environment for our kids. And so, we made sure it was safe and then we went on with learning."



 
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