UPDATE: Police say no suspicious devices found at Whitewater High School

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Jonah Beleckis
Monday, November 27, 2017

WHITEWATER—Police did not find any suspicious devices at Whitewater High School after a bomb threat Monday morning prompted an evacuation.

Superintendent Mark Elworthy said the high school was evacuated after the district becoming aware of a “suspicious message” found at the high school at about 10 a.m.

Police did not find any suspicious devices in their search, and students in the afternoon returned to the high school, according to an update posted on the district's website at 1:47 p.m.

A letter from Principal Mike Lovenberg posted on the high school's Facebook page Monday night said the message was a note on a bathroom wall that "indicated a bomb had been placed in the school."

Whitewater police Capt. Dan Meyer said in an email he did not want to release specifics on the nature of the threat other than confirming it was a bomb threat.

The threat did not mention specific people or times, Whitewater spokeswoman Kristin Mickelson said in an email.

No arrests have been made, and police do not have a suspect, she said.

The investigation is ongoing, officials said.

The high school Monday morning was placed on a hold/lock, which Elworthy said is the district's term for a lockdown. Elworthy said other buildings were put into a state of “heightened awareness.”

Schools kept students indoors during recess as a precaution, according to a city news release.

The district's website said morning buses arrived at elementary schools at 11:25 a.m. for 4K morning pickup.

UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison police departments assisted in the investigation, as well as the Walworth County Sheriff's Office.

Mickelson said everyone followed procedures Monday and no one was hurt.

“We were successful today,” she said. “This is another reason we have plans and exercises in place to ensure everyone is well equipped with the skills necessary if this kind of situation happens in our schools or city.”

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