EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Police say the person suspected of writing threats in a high school bathroom, prompting an evacuation, admitted to it during an interview.
Courtesy: Eau Claire Police Department
The Eau Claire Police Department released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying it has referred the suspect to the Eau Claire County Juvenile Intake on suspicion of making terrorist threats and a bomb scare. The name of the person was not included in the news release. About an hour later, a message on the department's Twitter page said that the suspect is a 15-year-old girl. Police had talked with students and faculty at Memorial High School and reviewed video cameras before identifying the suspect. Officers also said they called in five bomb detection dogs from other law enforcement agencies, then did a thorough search of the school. They did not find any sign of bombs or guns.
"Our school resource officer, Ben Hunt and Sgt. Ben Fredrick were working tirelessly on this. They looked over a lot of video throughout the school and they spoke to a lot of staff members as well as students from the school and they were ultimately able to pin down one suspect," says Lt. Derek Thomas with the Eau Claire Police Department.
The threat, left on a stall in a school bathroom, prompted an evacuation of students and staff late Wednesday morning. Officers later released a picture of the threat, which read "Get your students out B4 I kill them! If you don't they will die! I have a bomb and a loaded gun." In the news release, police said the words "I'm hiding somewhere. You have until lunch to get them out" were also written.
"Charges are being referred to juvenile court intake for a bomb scare as well as terrorist threats. As far as what happens internally within the school district, that's something that they're going to be talking about and looking into," says Thomas.
Students were allowed to leave the school if they had their own transportation, or were driven to the McPhee Center at UW-Eau Claire by bus just before noon Wednesday. School resumed at Memorial on Thursday morning.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (EAU CLAIRE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- On November 8, 2017 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Eau Claire Police responded to Eau Claire Memorial High School reference a bomb threat written on a bathroom stall. The threat said, "Get
your students out B4 I kill them", "If you don't they will die! I have a bomb and loaded gun" and "I'm hiding somewhere. You have until lunch to get them out". Based on the threats and the time constraints, the Eau Claire Area School District made the decision to do a controlled evacuation of all students and faculty staff. Numerous members of the Eau Claire Police Department were at the
High School to help facilitate the evacuation in a safe and controlled manner.
After all students and faculty members were safely released, the Eau Claire Police Department called in five bomb detection dogs from area law enforcement agencies. A thorough search was
completed with no signs of explosives or firearms.
During the course of the investigation, Eau Claire Police Officers spoke with many students, faculty members and looked at video cameras. A juvenile suspect was eventually identified and
interviewed. The juvenile ultimately admitted to writing the threats on the bathroom stall. The juvenile was referred to the Eau Claire County Juvenile Intake for violation of Wisconsin State Statue
947.015 Bomb Scare and 947.019 Terrorist Threats.
The Eau Claire Police Department embraces the positive long standing partnership with the Eau Claire Area School District. Having safe schools in the City of Eau Claire is a shared priority.
The Eau Claire Police Department would like to thank the LaCrosse Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Police Department and the Bureau of the Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Their assistance with providing bomb detection dogs helped ensure a safe building within a very timely manner.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Additional officers are at Memorial High School Thursday as police investigate a threat that prompted a school evacuation.
A spokeswoman from the Eau Claire Police Department said that additional officers were at the school Thursday morning. The department will also have a couple additional officers at the school during the lunch hour. Investigators plan to see where the case goes after that. The spokeswoman said that the threat was left in a girls bathroom, but that she was not sure which specific bathroom in the building.
"We are actively investigating, still, but no arrests have been made," Officer Bridget Coit told WEAU 13 News late Thursday morning.
The threat, left on a stall in a school bathroom, prompted an evacuation of students and staff late Wednesday morning. Officers later released a picture of the threat, which read "Get your students out B4 I kill them! If you don't they will die! I have a bomb and a loaded gun." Students were allowed to leave the school if they had their own transportation, or were driven to the McPhee Center at UW-Eau Claire by bus just before noon Wednesday. School resumed at Memorial on Thursday morning.