GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Green Bay Police Department says they had extra officers at multiple Green Bay area schools Tuesday morning following shooting threats made on social media.
“We take all threats very seriously and when an incident like this occurs, we work closely with the
Green Bay Area Public School District to ensure the safety of students and staff. This morning,
students were welcomed into Edison Middle School and Preble High School like any other day, but with the situation at hand, we are staffing each location with additional officers throughout the day,” said Lt. Keith Gering, Green Bay Police Department.
In a release, police say they were made aware, Monday night around 7 p.m., of a threat towards the Edison Middle School. Officials say it took a couple of hours to identify a Green Bay Area Public School student as the one who made the threat.
Local 5 spoke with Gina Perkins, a parent of two Preble students, who says she was not going to send her children to school today but “”hey insisted on going because there is a city track meet tonight, and feared they wouldn’t be able to compete if they didn’t go to school. I’m a nervous wreck constantly checking my phone for any updates.”
Police deemed the threat as not credible and the department is referring charges against the student to the Brown County District Attorney’s Office.
GBAPS Superintendent Vicki Bayer says more than half of the students at Edison Middle School were absent.
“Students don’t seem to understand the severity of this. We had major disruption in our district today because of this, and parents with anxiety over the safety of their children. We will, as we always have been doing, continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students and our staff,” Bayer says.
As for the threat made against Preble High School, Police say they learned of it Monday night around 10:15 p.m. and do not yet know where the threat originated from.
“At this time, we have found the threat at Edison Middle School to not be credible and we are still actively investigating the threat at Preble High School, and we will invest as much time as needed to explore the credibility,” said Lt. Gering.
The police department also says additional officers will also be at the school on Wednesday May 10th to continue with extra security measures.
Lt. Gering also mentioned that it is important to report threatening messages or posts immediately to local law enforcement.
Officials are asking anyone with information about either threat to contact the Green Bay Police Department.
At this time no other information regarding the threats is available. Local Five will update this story if more details are released.