Suspicious Package Found to Be Non-Threatening at Whitewater High School

UPDATE: All students have been released to their parents or guardians. The Whitewater High School reopened at 1:15 p.m. 

All after-school activities will take place as scheduled. 

Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 28, with a regular schedule.  
The UW-Whitewater Police Services K9 and the Kenosha County Bomb Squad were active components of the investigation.

Also assisting were members of the UW-Whitewater Police Services, Whitewater Fire Department, and Whitewater Rescue Squad. Two suspicious packages were located, analyzed, and subsequently determined to be non-threatening.

The interior of the building has also been searched for any suspicious items. No additional suspicious items have been located in or around the building.

ORIGINAL: Whitewater High School was put into lockdown on Monday morning. 

A suspicious package was found outside Whitewater High School, according to Whitewater High School's website.

The school was put into a lockdown, students were immediately moved to the WHS Auditorium, and students are currently being moved off-campus to UW-Whitewater Young Auditorium as a precautionary measure.

The Whitewater Aquatic Center has been evacuated and nearby residents have been notified.

Local law enforcement and the fire department, in conjunction with the Kenosha Bomb Squad and the Whitewater Unified School District are investigating the incident.  

Dist. Administrator Mark Elworthy says about 560 students were evacuated.

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