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PHS threat over, responsible parties found

Bomb-threats received at Pewaukee High School yesterday were "not credible" and the "individuals responsible" now face serious consequences, according to the Pewaukee School District. 

Pewaukee High School and Asa Clark Middle School were evacuated after receiving a threat on Wednesday, Dec. 19. All evening activities were cancelled.

The early dismissal sent the middle school students to the Horizon School gym and high school students were sent to the Pewaukee Lake Elementary gym.

Tweets at the time called it a bomb-threat and messages from Superintendent JoAnn Sternke later confirmed this. Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Edward Baumann said that a note had been found and the school was evacuated without incident.

“I am confident that all students at Pewaukee High School are safe,” he said on Wednesday.

Pewaukee District Superintendent JoAnn Sternke said that the concerns were specific to Pewaukee High School. No other schools in the district were the subject of any threat.

The district first sent an email to parents around 3:25 p.m. on Wednesday. In the message, Sternke said “Student safety remains at all times our number one priority and although we do not view this threat as credible, we are taking all necessary precautions. We evacuated quickly and without incident. We want to compliment our PHS and ACMS students for their excellent behavior and cooperation. We are working directly with the Pewaukee Village Police to investigate this incident and ensure the security and safety of the schools. Once again I want to reiterate that this was a purely precautionary move because we view student safety as our top priority.”

Later that day, around 7:30 p.m., Sternke offered an update for parents saying that the Crisis Management Plan worked well and students were in no danger at any point during the day. The message also said that the Village of Pewaukee Police Department conductecd a thorough search and determined that building is safe for the return of students.

Because of the threat, there will be an increased police presence on campus for the remainder of the week, according to Sternke.

While the schools were closed on Thursday, a third and final message sent to parents made it clear that the decision was “due to impending snow forecasted at student dismissal time and was unrelated to yesterday’s incident.”

The case appears to be closed and that final message also says the Pewaukee School District and the Village of Pewaukee Police Department was able to identify the individuals responsible for the bomb threat. Those individuals, the message adds, face “significant consequences at school and in the judicial system” because of the seriousness of the incident.

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