SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN (CBS 58) – Several school districts in our area have received threats since Wednesday’s Florida school shooting.
On Friday, Whitefish Bay Police and school officials reported that a student at Whitefish Bay Middle School made a threat towards the school on Snapchat.
The school district asked the students’ parents to keep the child home. School remained open Friday, but an officer was there and officials later found the threat not credible.
Oak Creek and Pleasant Prairie Police are also investigating threats that followed the Florida shooting. CBS 58 has also learned threats were made to schools in Oconomowoc and West Allis.
Psychologist Dr. Nathan Glassman says the chances of the threats being acted out are low, but now is the time to talk to children about school safety.
"It might be their way of trying to call for help. I'll do this and maybe they'll get some attention they weren't getting before that maybe they need from a counselor, a parent, a teacher,” said Dr. Glassman. “Depending on the situation, even young children who might be 12, 13, 14 can be in serious trouble if they do something that is considered to be a threat to the community."
Police are investigating all the local threats.
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- West Allis Police tell CBS 58 Central High School received a bomb-like threat on Friday.
According to West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, the threat was scribbled on toilet paper in the girls restroom.
Police did a walk through of the building but nothing suspicious was found. The school was placed on a classroom hold.
Police are investigating who wrote the threat.
Oconomowoc Schools also dealt with a threat on Friday. Thursday night a broad threat was shared on Snapchat and reported to the school district in the morning.
After an investigation, authorities determined that the threat was actually a photo of a post taken in South Carolina. Oconomowoc Police are investigating the local source of the post to determine if it originated from a student within the district.
Five threats have been received in southeast Wisconsin since the deadly Florida high school shooting.