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UPDATE: 17-year-old charged in Neenah school lockdown, threat involved ex-girlfriend

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WEDNESDAY 10/27/2021 4:35 p.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV) – Winnebago County Circuit Court has identified the 17-year-old involved in the alleged gun threat near Neenah High School on Oct. 25.

According to a criminal complaint, Robert Lehto from Appleton is being charged for one count of Terrorist Threats – Create Risk of Causing Result.

Police explain in the report that interviews lean toward the event taking place due to Lehto threatening his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend, who are both students at Neenah High School.

The complaint goes on to say that Lehto allegedly texted a picture of a gun and a picture of the local high school to one of the teenagers the day of the shutdown, which prompted authorities to be alerted to the situation.

In the complaint, it states that Lehto admitted to law enforcement he had driven to Neenah High School, took a picture of the school, and sent it to one of the students – asking them to come out and fight. When the student said they were not going to go outside, Lehto tells law enforcement he had left.

If convicted, the complaint states Lehto may be fined up to $10,000 or imprisoned for up to three years and six months, or both.

According to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website, authorities have set bond for Lehto at $1,000 and he is scheduled back in court on Nov. 8.

UPDATE: 17-year-old arrested after alleged gun threat made to Neenah student

MONDAY 10/25/2021 3:45 p.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV)- Following a gun threat made near Neenah High School, Neenah School District’s Superintendent spoke.

The press conference was held at the Administration Building alongside Neenah Police representatives.

Superintendent Dr. Mary Pfeiffer explains that once Neenah Police had received word of the gun threat and were responding, the school was placed in a “secure hold.” Superintendent Pfeiffer wanted to stress the importance of investigating any type of potential threat. She says, “Well, it’s scary. I think that we can’t underestimate possibilities when it comes to the information we receive. Whether it be students with weapons or other ways that they may threaten our schools.”

Local Five’s Danielle Zulkosky attended the press conference held with the media, Neenah Police, and Superintendent as they explain the events of the day.

During what administration called “secure hold” or “soft lockdown” the school was not allowing anyone on campus while also keeping students, locked inside their classrooms. Pfeiffer also explains why it is relevant to call it a “soft lockdown” so staff can respond accordingly. Saying, “If our staff hears lockdown they’re gonna think somebody was in the building with a weapon… A soft walk down means students are in their classrooms, doors are locked, and we don’t have an active shooter inside of our buildings.”

Police investigated the school grounds and the nearby area but no one was initially found. Upon expanding their search, officers made an arrest of a suspect in Appleton. Pfeiffer was able to share that no threat was ever on the school grounds. Saying, “This investigation is ongoing, but it has been confirmed that no gun was seen on school grounds and there were no shots fired.”

The person in custody is a 17-year-old male. The gun threat was targeted at a specific student, who along with their family has been notified at this time. The suspect was arrested around 1:36 p.m.

Once the arrest had been made and Police believed it was safe for students to continue with their school day, the three schools lifted their lockdown protocols. A heavier police presence was kept at Neenah High School until the end of the day, and will also continue until Tuesday, October 26, as well.

Local Five will update this story as new details become available.

“Our students listen to the announcement, our staff immediately responded, and our students responded accordingly.”

UPDATE: Neenah Police have arrested a suspect at local high school, students being released

MONDAY 10/25/2021 2:15 p.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV)- Representatives from Neenah High School have released new details regarding the recent police presence in the area.

According to the release, the initial reports of a situation came in on Monday, October 25, just a little bit before 1 p.m.

Neenah Police received information of a potential gun threat near Neenah High School, which prompted the high school, Tullar and Hoover Elementary School were also placed into lockdown. Officials explain that around 1:30 p.m. officers arrested a suspect regarding the incident. The suspect does not attend Neenah High School.

Neenah Joint Schools shared on their Twitter account that the lockdown had been lifted at the nearby schools. Officers believe there to be no threat to the students or the community at this time.

Local Five will update this story as new information becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY: Multiple schools in Neenah School District on lockdown due to ‘police situation’

MONDAY 10/25/2021 1:41 p.m.

NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV) – Multiple schools in the Neenah School District are in lockdown due to a police situation.

According to authorities, the Neenah High School is currently in lockdown as police are investigating a situation. School officials are saying that students are remaining in classrooms.

Neenah High School, Tullar and Hoover are the three schools in lockdown. Authorities are on the scene and have not released the reason for the police presence.

There is no entry or exit to the buildings.

There was no further information available at this time. Local 5 will continue to update this story.

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