November 23, 2014

Teen arrested after Nekoosa school lockdown

Police have taken a high school student into custody, after Nekoosa High School was locked down for much of the day Monday for a possible weapons threat. So far, there’s no comment on why the student was arrested, although a search of the building and grounds found no weapons.

All was clear by late afternoon, and a Monday night band concert went on as planned. Classes were held as usual on Tuesday.

Superintendent Terry Whitmore says a student reported to staff members during the lunch period that there might be a weapon in the high school. At that point, Whitmore says the lockdown was initiated to keep students and staff safe.

Whitmore says that “working with Nekoosa Police Department, it was determined that the building needed to be searched before resuming normal operations. We quickly notified parents of the threat, and we also shared with them the procedures we were going to use for student dismissal.”

Students that drove to school were released on their own, and those that needed to ride buses were kept for about an hour at a nearby business facility. Whitmore says students were very cooperative and helpful during the incident, noting that the emergency planning and practice drills paid off.

Only the high school was under lockdown. Other facilities in the district were not affected.

Larry Lee, WSAU