EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Students at Memorial High School were evacuated after a threat was written on a bathroom stall this morning.
Courtesy: Eau Claire Police Department
"Get your students out B4 I kill them! If you don't they will die! I have a bomb and a loaded gun."
Those words were written on a bathroom stall in Memorial High School Wednesday, urging police and school district members to send students home just after 11 AM.
“The safety of the students in the school is always the top priority. Because of the specificity of the threat, the school district decided to do a controlled evacuation of the school,” says Deputy Chief Matt Rokus with the Eau Claire Police Department, who explains it's still unclear who is responsible for the threat.
“We haven't identified the source of the threat and we're actively investigating that and will be a top priority for the police department,” says Rokus.
Students were allowed to leave the school if they had their own transportation, or were bussed to UW-Eau Claire's McPhee Center just before noon.
Students we spoke with say they're still shaken up from the incident.
“I just got a bunch of text messages from people. We were just trying to figure out what happened. We got bits and pieces from everybody,” says Memorial High School Sophomore Alexis Stevens.
“I was scared because I didn't know what was going to happen. It was nerve racking,” says sophomore Kelly Snyder.
“This is a situation that we plan for with the school district to a great degree ahead of time. It's not an easy task to evacuate 1600 students at one time. The planning and preparation paid off in this situation,” says Rokus.
Police say if anyone recognizes the handwriting from the written messages, to contact police or the Eau Claire County Crime Stoppers. The call is anonymous and any tips are eligible for a cash reward.
According to Eau Claire School District superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck, school is still scheduled for Thursday.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) --Photos of the threat have been released from the Eau Claire Police Department. Two photos were released, saying "Get your students out B4 I kill them!" " If you don't they will die! I have a bomb and loaded gun."
Police are still investigating the threat, but say if anyone recognizes the handwriting, to contact police or Eau Claire County Crime Stoppers at (715) 874- TIPS. The call is anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Eau Claire Police say the threat at Memorial High School Wednesday morning had a “certain degree of specificity” that raised the level of the threat.
That’s according to Deputy Chief Matt Rokus. He told WEAU 13 News that they responded to the threat just before 10 a.m. Rokus says it was written on a bathroom wall in the school.
Rokus says he can’t comment further about what the threat was, but says they are working with school and district staff in an ongoing investigation.
Eau Claire Police tweeted just before noon that students have all been evacuated safely.
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WEAU 13 News reached out to Eau Claire Area School District Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann Hardebeck for more information, but she referred us back to the district's original email and had no further comment.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) --Students at Memorial High School will be dismissed by a controlled release starting at 11:15 a.m. because of a threat to the school.
The district says a threat was left in a Memorial High School bathroom Wednesday morning.
The district says investigators have not yet found the person or persons responsible, but they are taking precautions. Therefore, students who have personal transportation will be dismissed starting at 11:15 a.m. Students who normally take the bus, will be transported to McPhee at the University of Wisconsin –Eau Claire beginning at 11:15 a.m.; from McPhee they will be transported by Student Transit home or by personal arrangement between parent and student(s).
The Eau Claire Police Department is assisting with these arrangements.
The Eau Claire Boys and Girls Club says it will also be open to take in kids who have been let out of Memorial.