UW-Parkside trying to find out who's been threatening African-American students

CREATED Feb 3, 2012

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KENOSHA- Investigators are trying to find out who's been threatening African-American students at UW-Parkside.

The threats include a couple of nooses and even death threats.   

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth offering up words Friday in an attempt to calm fear on the UW-Parkside campus.

"This doesn't appear to have been a major plan to terrorize the school," said Sheriff David Beth.  "At this point we can't be a hundred percent sure but we don't think anyone is at risk at UW-Parkside."

The sheriff's department now officially in charge of an investigation after two nooses and a so-called "hit list" targeting black students was found Wednesday and Thursday.

Despite those words, a stepped up police presence was very visible all over the campus and included lockdown type security procedures at the building it took place...

The sheriff insisting one thing was very clear as investigators questioned students and faculty Friday.  "Someone was trying to make a point..we're just tying to see what that point is," said Sheriff David Beth.  "We'd like to solve this within 24 hours."

While the department isn't revealing what clues they have found, they insist the person or person behind the incidents could be caught sooner rather than later.

TODAY'S TMJ4 spoke to the sheriff just a short time ago, he says because he believes students here are not in imminent danger, an announcement surrounding the investigation may take a couple of days.