UPDATE: Classes canceled Thursday at McKinley Middle School in Racine due to threat
Updated 3:11 p.m. March 2, 2018
RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Racine Police tell CBS 58 they have made an arrest in connection with the threat, but will not give any additional details.
Updated: 3:10 p.m. March 1, 2018
RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Investigators are still working to find out where the threat came from. Parents tell CBS 58 the rash of school threats the past few weeks has them feeling uneasy.
"When you gotta fear for your kids to go to school and for their lives. You just can't take it lightly," said parent David Segura.
Segura's son Nicolas is a student at McKinley Middle School where classes were cancelled Thursday due to an anonymous threat. Segura said his kids have been upset about the local threats on the news, "my daughter comes home and she's crying."
There have been at least 15 threats to schools in southeast Wisconsin in the last two weeks. On Wednesday, a student was taken into custody at Rufus King Middle School in Milwaukee after bringing two BB guns to school.
Racine Unified School District Administrators tell CBS 58 they always treat every threat like it's credible, but that the Florida school shooting changed things, "Anxiety is a little bit higher now. We always take something like this seriously regardless of whether that tragedy had happened," said Stacy Tapp.
Experts say that talking openly with kids about school violence and the seriousness of threats may stop copycats. The American Psychological Association says parents should start the conversation and let your kids know you are interested in them and how they are coping with information.
David Segura said he talks to his kids but thinks schools need to do more, "I think nowadays I think they're going to have to start practicing drills and maybe metal detectors on the doors and police at every school."
Racine Schools say they aren't sure if they will have to make up Thursday's closure at the end of the year.
Updated: 11:21 a.m. on March 1, 2018
RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) – The threat that caused McKinley Middle School to close Thursday was an anonymous post on Facebook, according to Racine Unified School District's Chief of Communications, Stacy Tapp.
Tapp said the school district is working with police to figure out where the threat came from. She did not give details on the nature of the threat. Police are currently at the school.
It is unclear if students will have to make up the day at the end of the year.
Updated: 10:00 a.m. on March 1, 2018
RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) – The Racine Unified School District has canceled classes at McKinley Middle School on Thursday.
All after school activities are also canceled due to a threat.
Details on the nature of the threat are not available at this time.
School has been canceled for Mckinley Middle School students today, Thursday, March 1.— Racine Unified (@RacineUnified) March 1, 2018
All after school activities are also canceled. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding during this situation.
Posted: 8:20 a.m. on March 1, 2018
RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) – McKinley Middle School is starting two hours late Thursday due to a threat.
The Racine School District says the school and police are investigating the threat. Classes will begin at 10:35 a.m. Buses will run two hours behind for MMS students.
No other information is available at this time.
Mckinley Middle School Families— Racine Unified (@RacineUnified) March 1, 2018
There will be a 2-Hour Delayed Start for McKinley Middle School Today - Thursday, March 1. (Start time 10:35 a.m.)
Buses will run two hours behind for McKinley Middle School. Thank you for your understanding.