UPDATE: 'Hold' lifted on Chi-Hi following threats, two students identified

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Just before 9 A.M. Monday, a life threatening message was written on a girl’s bathroom stall at Chippewa Falls High School.

It wasn't long until three more messages were found, one in the boy’s bathroom and two threats written on paper, left in both bathrooms.

“The notes reflected that if we evacuated schools, that there were bombs and weapons outside and that that would be a threat to students. There was mention of guns in school and the entire building was searched by both staff and the police department,” says Michelle Golden Executive Director of Human Resources and Public Relations for the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District.

Chi-Hi was put on a hold around 9:30 A.M. meaning students were not allowed to leave their classrooms.

This threat comes just days after a bomb threat was found at Memorial High School in Eau Claire.

“Our investigation leads us to believe that these threats were as a result of the incident at Memorial High School,” says Golden.

“There's no indication that the suspects from that incident and these suspects are in any way related, but it was inspired by that threat,” says Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matt Kelm. “We believe we've identified the two primary people and it's unlikely, although possible, there may be other people involved.”

Those two suspects are a male and female, both 16 years old and sophomores at Chi-Hi. According to police they are currently at home with their legal guardians.

“It was a combination of interviews and taking a look at the notes themselves and then camera footage and things like that, just good police work really,” says Kelm.

Although no guns or bombs were found outside the school, students at Hillcrest Elementary, McDonell, and the middle school were kept inside today as well.

“Moving forward I think it is about parents talking to their kids about safety and making sure that if they say something at school, to make sure that they turn it in or parents contact administration. I think that's a message that parents need to hear from their kids as well. Any type of threat should be taken serious,” says Golden.

The district says the hold was lifted at the end of the school day to make sure that kids could attend their last class. All schools let out at the same time they normally do and school is scheduled for Tuesday.


CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- The hold at Chi-Hi has been lifted, according to a final email update by the Chippewa Falls Area United School District.

District officials say students will be passing to and attending their 4th period classes. Law enforcement and administration say they are confident the threat is resolved.

All after school activities will continue as scheduled.

Threats were found in three separate bathrooms on Monday morning. District official say the threats were specific and mentioned acts of violence including bombs and shootings that would occur if the school evacuated. The school, as a result, went into a hold.

Two students have been identified and jointly questioned by law enforcement and administration for their alleged responsibility for the threats. A search of the parking lot and school found no weapons or bombs.



CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) --Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District is holding a news conference Monday afternoon.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) --Hillcrest is no longer 'on hold' according to the school's principal.

The email said that students at the Chippewa Falls elementary school will be released at normal time.

No other information has been released at this time.



CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) --Hillcrest Elementary School in Chippewa Falls is also “on hold” due to a threat at Chi-Hi.

That’s according to the Hillcrest Elementary School principal. In an email to parents, the school said the hold was due to the physical proximity to the high school. The email said they believe its best that students stay in classroom with teachers until they receive a message to release students to their regular schedule.

Hillcrest also says they are not evacuating students.



CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) --The school district says one student has admitted to partial responsibility for the incident, but the school is still on hold because the threat has not been resolved.


CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) --Chippewa Falls High School is still on hold as a result of threat against students found in a bathroom Monday morning.

Law enforcement and school administrators are continuing to investigate the note. School officials say the note contains threats to students if the school is evacuated; therefore, the school is maintaining its hold status and not evacuating students.

Superintendent Dr. Heidi Eliopoulos says the hold status means students and staff are asked to stay in their classroom and avoid passing in the hallways. Michelle Golden, with the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District, says they are providing students with escorted bathroom breaks as well as lunch service.

The district says they will provide another update by 1 p.m.



CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Police and school administrators are investigating a note that was found in a Chippewa Falls Senior High School bathroom.

Dr. Heidi Eliopoulos, superintendent of the district, sent out an email Monday morning telling parents the school is “currently on hold.” Eliopoulos says that means students and staff are asked to stay in their classroom and avoid passing in the hallways.

Eliopoulos says they are not evacuating at this time. Similarly, school officials are not asking parents to come to school to pick up their child at this time.

The superintendent says they will be providing an update later Monday morning.



 
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