UPDATE: Lockdown lifted at Menomonie Middle School

MENOMONIE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM MENOMONIE PD) -- On January 11, 2019 at approximately 10:06 AM the Menomonie Police Department received a report of an armed intruder in the Menomonie Middle School. The school went into lockdown as law enforcement responded. Upon arrival law enforcement secured the school grounds and conducted a search for a possible suspect. After conducting a search and an investigation it was determined to be a false complaint. A law enforcement presence will remain on scene to assist with the safety of students, faculty and parents arriving to take children home.

It should be noted there were students that were located outside of the Middle School during the lockdown. They were subsequently bused to the Hockey Arena located at the Dunn County Recreation
Park for their safety. After the Middle School was determined to be safe the students were returned to school to continue their studies or to be picked up by their parents.

Given the grave nature of this potential threat the Menomonie Police Department understands the heightened anxiety that impacts students, faculty, parents and the community at large. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation throughout this incident and we will continue to work diligently to ensure the safety of our community’s children. Additionally, the Menomonie Police Department recommends that parents talk to their children about school safety, being alert for suspicious activity and to immediately contact school/law enforcement officials in the event of witnessing something suspicious.

The Menomonie Police Department would like to thank the following agencies/organizations for their assistance: Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, Boyceville Police Department, UW-Stout Police Department,
Colfax Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Menomonie Middle School Staff/Faculty and the School District of the Menomonie Area.


MENOMONIE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM SCHOOL DIST.) --The lockdown at Menomonie Middle School has been lifted. The superintended issued the following statement:

Dear Families and Stakeholders of the School District of the Menomonie Area,

Today, Friday, January 11, 2019, a student at Menomonie Middle School reported seeing an armed intruder at a specific location in the building.

Immediately upon receiving the report, the Menomonie Police Department was contacted and preventative security measures were taken to prioritize the health and safety of the students and staff in our school. Students and staff initiated emergency lockdown procedures, and a search of the buildings and grounds was conducted. In an abundance of caution, Oaklawn Elementary School also initiated a non‐emergency lockdown due to the building’s proximity to the middle school. Following a search of the middle school, and after reviewing surveillance footage, it was concluded that the report was false.

We apologize for the inconvenience and unnecessary anxiety that this situation puts on the students, staff and community in our school district. Even though threats like these are becoming more common, please know that we will not let down our guard, and we will continue to keep the safety and security of our students and staff as our highest priority. Additional school counseling staff will be onsite at Menomonie Middle School this afternoon to support the students who experienced this traumatic event.

Sincerely,
District Administrator
School District of the Menomonie Area



MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Police are on scene investigating a possible incident at the Menomonie Middle School, and it is in lockdown.

Police are asking the public to please avoid the area, but they did say the children are safe.

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