Waukesha, Oak Creek, Hartland police investigate school shooting rumors
WAUKESHA - On the heels of the Sandy Hook Massacre police in Waukesha are investigating rumors involving threats of school shooting.
Authorities confirm to Newsradio 620 WTMJ and TODAY'S TMJ4 that threats have come in to schools in the Waukesha, Arrowhead and Oak Creek school districts.
Those authorities in Hartland and Oak Creek say the threats are not credible, and the rumors in Waukesha are just that - rumors.
620WTMJ's Jodi Becker reports Wednesday that the Hartland Police Department will have officers on scene when students arrive and depart the rest of the week.
"We're going to be visible on site," said Police Chief Robert Rosch, a member of the Arrowhead School District board.
Oak Creek officials say that extra police will remain at the school the remainder of the week, and parents have the choice to allow students to attend school or stay home.
The rumors involving Waukesha started on Facebook. They suggested a possible school shooting at Waukesha North on Friday, the last day of classes before the holiday break.
They spread pretty quickly through social media but police moved pretty quickly to track them down.
Paula Chroninger was not aware of the shooting rumor on Facebook but expressed concerns after Friday’s unthinkable tragedy in Connecticut.
“I think that’s really scary,” said Chroninger.
Police normally show up for high school basketball games but extra patrols are expected at Waukesha North and other area schools for the rest of the week.
“We have been taking the threat very seriously all day,” said Sergeant Jerry Habanek with the Waukesha Police Department.
Police stress the information they have right now is based on rumors and not a specific threat. But given the school shooting in Connecticut last week they are not taking any chances
“We spent the day investigating and talking to people who posted it and we think we may have gotten to the origin of the threat. It’s still under investigation at this time,” said Habanek.
For now Margaret Wallace isn't too worried about sending her son to school.
“I’ll ask my son what he’s heard and play it by ear I guess. I don’t think anything is going to happen. It’s just a rumor, I’m hoping,” said Wallace.