WHITEWATER

Police said they are investigating the source of a written bomb threat that prompted a lockdown at Whitewater Middle School on Thursday morning.

Police said they found no suspicious devices in what was the Whitewater School District’s fourth bomb threat in the last five weeks, according to a letter Superintendent Mark Elworthy posted Thursday on the high school’s Facebook page.

“As we did with the high school students, the middle school students will have an assembly (today) to discuss the seriousness of the threats,” Elworthy wrote.

The three previous bomb threats were at the high school, he wrote.

Whitewater police responded to the middle school around 10:45 a.m. Thursday after being notified about a written bomb threat, according to a news release.

The school was placed on lockdown, known as a “hold/lock,” while police and school staff searched the building. Other school district buildings were placed in a state of heightened awareness.

Classes resumed at noon, according to the release.

Elworthy wrote that communication about Thursday’s incident “should have been sent earlier.”

“Moving forward, we will send an initial message and then have a follow-up message,” he wrote. “The initial message will notify parents of a ‘hold/lock’ with more information to come. Keep in mind, we are only able to communicate information that has been 100 percent confirmed.”

Elworthy said information via social media or text messages spreads faster than official school statements.

“As a district, we are as disappointed as you are that these types of situations continue to occur,” he wrote. “With every situation, we have taken advantage of the learning opportunities these situations present. We make it a priority to error (sic) on the side of caution.”

Police said no arrests have been made, but they continue to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information that might help the investigation should call the Whitewater Police Department at 262-473-0555. People can leave anonymous tips at p3tips.com.

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