FRIDAY 10/8/2021 5:20 p.m.
LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) – No person of interest was located and no suspicious packages were found outside of Little Chute High/Middle/Intermediate School following three concerning phone calls made to police and administrators which forced students into lockdown on Friday afternoon.
According to the Fox Valley Metro Police Department, at around 2:17 p.m., Outagamie County deputies received a suspicious call about an unknown person walking around Little Chute High School, located on 1402 Freedom Road. It was also reported that the unidentified person was placing packages around the school.
In addition to that phone call, the Fox Valley Metro Police Department and the Little Chute Area School District both received anonymous phone calls stating that ‘someone was en route to carry out an act of violence at the school building’ upon the release of the students.
Moments after all three phone calls were made, authorities arrived at the school and performed a rapid assessment, which included the use of K-9 reinforcements.
“We conducted a search of the property to make sure there wasn’t any suspicious persons or suspicious packages,” says Fox Valley Metro Police Department Lieutenant Mark Wery.
For the protection and safety of the students, police and administrators decided to place students at Little Chute High School, Little Chute Middle School, Little Chute Intermediate School, Flex Academy, Little Chute Elementary School, and LCCPA under a secure hold.
However, worried parents weren’t left in the dark about what was going on. Parents were able to communicate with their students inside the building through text while the lockdown was going on.
“It’s tense, but these people (police officers) are very well trained so I trust that they’re in there doing their jobs, but yeah it’s tense,” explained Jill Goergen, who had her child and a nephew inside the building while the lockdown was going on.
Students remained under a secure hold for around two hours and were not released until police confirmed that they did not find any suspicious packages or persons of interest at the property or locations near the property during their search.
“The students and staff did a phenomenal job doing what they needed to do which is consistent with their training,” shared Lieutenant Wery.
“It was unfortunate that it happened today but I do feel fortunate everybody is safe and it went as good as it could,” said Little Chute Area School District Administrator Heidi Schmidt.
Fox Valley police note that this incident remains under investigation at this time. Local 5 will continue to update the story as it progresses.
UPDATE: Students released from Little Chute HS after lockdown, police presence dwindles
FRIDAY 10/8/2021 4:44 p.m.
LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) – Students at Little Chute High School are being released after a ‘suspicious call’ to the district forced them into lockdown.
According to Local 5’s Paul Steeno, who is at the scene, students are being released from the school. Steeno says that police presence in the area has also receded.
A mother of a Little Chute student shared with Local 5 that this is the most police activity she has ever seen in Little Chute. “It’s tense but um these people are really well trained and so I trust that they’re in there doing their job,” said Jill Goergen.
No further information has been released at this time. Local 5 will remain on the scene and will continue to provide updates to this story as it progresses.
Original Story: Little Chute High School in lockdown after ‘suspicious phone call’, avoid area
FRIDAY 10/8/2021 3:23 p.m.
LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) – Students at Little Chute High School are currently under lockdown due to a ‘suspicious situation’.
The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office tells Local 5, that as of Friday afternoon at around 3:23 p.m. the school is in lockdown due to a ‘suspicious situation’.
Little Chute Area School District has since released a statement regarding the active situation stating that the lockdown was initiated following a ‘suspicious phone call’ the district received.
Additionally, the district is asking all parents and residents to ‘refrain from approaching ALL school buildings at this time.’
The statement from Little Chute Area School District states:
Due to a suspicious phone call we received, our IM/MS/HS building is currently on a secure hold. We have a police presence to help assist with verifying the safety of our staff and students and are proceeding with abundant caution. The parking lot is currently blocked off and parents are not welcome on our school grounds per law enforcement. At this time, to help keep the outside of the building clear we ask parents to utilize the side streets until the hold has been lifted. There will be a delay of dismissal.
Per law enforcement, the elementary will not be dismissed at this time.
We would like to clarify that at this time ALL students are being securely held in their classrooms until further instructions from law enforcement. Please refrain from approaching ALL school buildings at this time.LCASD District Office