Threat to CVHS deemed not credible

By: Thomas Franz | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published February 26, 2016

 Chippewa Valley High School officials reported that a threat made to the school over social media Friday morning was determined not credible enough to cancel classes.

Chippewa Valley High School officials reported that a threat made to the school over social media Friday morning was determined not credible enough to cancel classes.

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Chippewa Valley High School officials reported that a threat made to the school over social media Friday morning was determined not credible enough to cancel classes.

Diane Blain, the school district's director of community relations, said the threats were posted on Twitter, and Clinton Township police are investigating.

“We’re investigating, we’re hoping to get to the bottom of who’s responsible for posting those things,” Blain said. “They could face some serious school or legal consequences as a result.”

Blain said that during classes on Feb. 26, students were active in communicating with parents about the threat, which created a disruption in the school day. Despite the school recommending to not suspend classes, Blain added that some parents still picked up their children and other students requested to leave school for the day.

Clinton Township Police Department Lt. Eric Reincke said the content of the tweets alluded to “serious consequences” taking place at the school, but the threats were very vague. By noon Friday, police had yet to determine the origin of the tweets, and whether or not they came from a student.

Reincke said if the person responsible for the tweets is discovered, he or she could face a 20-year felony charge.

“It’s a terroristic threat,” Reincke said. “It falls under a false report or threat of terrorism.”

Blain said the district contacted parents through email and over social media to alert them of the threat.

“Our very first action is we call the police and work with the police, to help determine if there’s a credible threat and where the threat is coming from,” Blain said. “We communicate with our staff and get our message out to parents once we know a little bit more. At this point, we had no reason to cancel classes or suspend the school day.”

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