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Stevens Point School District threat press conference

UPDATE (WAOW – 10:25 a.m.) — Stevens Point Police have determined that the threat causing a lockout by the Stevens Point School District, which has since been lifted, was a hoax.

Stevens Point Assistant Police Chief Tom Zenner said the following in an email to News 9:

“Based on investigation regarding the threat received concerning a school within the Stevens Point School District,  Law Enforcement determined the threat was a hoax which originated from another state.  At 11:30 AM, Law Enforcement will conduct a joint news conference with the School District at the Bliss Educational Service Center at 1900 Polk St.”

News 9 will have a live stream of the press conference at 11:30 a.m. News 9 will also have a live report on News 9 at 11.


UPDATE (WAOW – 9:30 a.m.): Stevens Point Assistant Police Chief Tom Zenner says officials have detained a person concerning a threat that led schools in the Stevens Point School District to go into lockout.

Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza said via Facebook, “Thank you to all of our law enforcement who acted quickly and have already contained the threat!”

Stay with News 9 for further developments as they become known.


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) — The Stevens Point School District went into lockout Friday morning, according to District officials.

News 9 spoke with Stevens Point School District communications director Sarah O’Donnell, who said a “general threat” led to the lockout.

In a lockout, students and staff remain in the building and classes resume as normal, O’Donnell told News 9. However, outside doors are locked and no one is allowed to leave the building.

Every public school and  public school building is in the lockout, O’Donnell confirmed to News 9. The lockout affects approximately 7500 students in the Stevens Point School District.

Stevens Point Police are actively investigating and say via email that the lockout is a “precautionary measure,” adding that the lockout is the safest measure at this time.

According to O’Donnell, the District is working with officials for more details.

This story is breaking and will be updated. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

Chris Watkins

Social Media & Digital Content Manager

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