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 became aware of a “suspicious message” found at the high school at about 10 a.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.”

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

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, city of 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 that 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.”

GazetteXtra.com does not condone or review every comment. Read more in our Commenter Policy Agreement

  • Keep it clean. Comments that are obscene, vulgar or sexually oriented will be removed. Creative spelling of such terms or implied use of such language is banned, also.
  • Don't threaten to hurt or kill anyone.
  • Be nice. No racism, sexism or any other sort of -ism that degrades another person.
  • Harassing comments. If you are the subject of a harassing comment or personal attack by another user, do not respond in-kind. Use the "Report comment abuse" link below to report offensive comments.
  • Share what you know. Give us your eyewitness accounts, background, observations and history.
  • Do not libel anyone. Libel is writing something false about someone that damages that person's reputation.
  • Ask questions. What more do you want to know about the story?
  • Stay focused. Keep on the story's topic.
  • Help us get it right. If you spot a factual error or misspelling, email newsroom@gazettextra.com or call 1-800-362-6712.
  • Remember, this is our site. We set the rules, and we reserve the right to remove any comments that we deem inappropriate.

Report comment abuse

Comments disabled.