UNION GROVE — A 15-year-old boy was in custody Monday afternoon and is facing charges after allegedly making a threat to shoot up Union Grove High School.
According to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, information was conveyed to other students that the suspect student was being bullied and had allegedly made concerning statements that he had thoughts of “shooting up the school.”
Sheriff’s detectives responded to the school, 3433 S. Colony Ave., and worked closely with school Superintendent Al Mollerskov. The suspect was quickly identified and taken into custody at the school. He did not have possession of any firearms at the time of his arrest, sheriff’s officials said.
The student is facing charges of making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. The teen was turned over to the county Juvenile Detention Center, sheriff’s officials said.
“As you can imagine, we take these situations very seriously,” Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said in a news release. “We are not taking any chances when it comes to the safety and security of the schools, children and faculty in Racine County.”
“Given the acts of school and community violence that (have) recently occurred, I believe it’s important for us to find absolute trust and confidence in your Racine County Sheriff’s deputies, Schmaling said in an email.
“We take pride in being professional, prepared, trained and ready to respond to anything that jeopardizes public safety in Racine County.”
Meanwhile, reports of a threat being received at Park High School in Racine are unfounded, according to Stacy Tapp, the director of communications and community engagement for Racine Unified School District.
Tapp said a student posted an inappropriate photo on Facebook over the weekend but with no content accompanying the photo. Tapp said rumors of lockdowns, threats and early release were all not true.
“To be safe, we did have the police investigate and the photo was taken down. But, again, no threat,” Tapp said in an email on Monday.