Milwaukee police arrest boys ages 12, 13 and 14 for making terrorist threats to south side school

NOW: Milwaukee police arrest boys ages 12, 13 and 14 for making terrorist threats to south side school

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee police have arrested three boys, ages 12, 13 and 14, for making terrorist threats to Wedgewood Park International School on Milwaukee’s south side.

These threats come on the heels of similar incidents earlier this week.

The community has been on edge for three days in a row now, after schools have been threatened.

According to the Milwaukee Police Department, they were made aware of a shooting threat at Wedgewood International School just before midnight Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Police arrested three boys on Wednesday, Dec. 4, for making terrorist threats on social media. 

CBS 58 spoke to worried parents and students leaving school early Wednesday, who said that MPS kept them in the dark about the threats.

"They were trying to keep it on the low and not tell any kids, not to get them all worried," said student Leah Pacheco. "I didn't know if it was going to happen, if it could have turned potentially into a bigger issue."

"The school never notified anybody," said parent Jason Herrmann. "Another parent was just in school picking up her daughter and stated that she called this morning about the squad cars and they said they're having a meeting with the students as a precautionary measure."

Milwaukee Public Schools released the following statement: 

Overnight, Milwaukee Public Schools’ (MPS) leadership became aware of a threatening message against Wedgewood Park School on social media and immediately notified the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD). MPD identified the persons responsible and took them into custody. MPS can clarify that one of the persons taken into custody was a student at Wedgewood Park School.  

MPS takes these matters very seriously and moved quickly to ensure the safety of students and staff.

The school day proceeded as normal for students who weren't picked up early.

The investigation will be reviewed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

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