Multiple students facing charges after Wausau middle school shooting rumor, claim it was ‘joke’

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) –Police say they’ve identified multiple students as being jointly responsible after an investigation of a possible shooting threat at John Muir Middle School.

According to a press release from the Wausau Police Department, the investigation determined that the author of the comment via Snapchat, which said, “I heard John mirror is getting shot up on Tuesday,” attempted to hide their identity.

Officials determined “the content was the origin of the concern, and did not have a stated threat
tied to it and no further background” per the release. “The involved students indicated this rumor was created as a joke,” the release adds.

Three students will be referred for disorderly conduct-related charges on top of district consequences, per the release.

The identities of the students were not disclosed.

Chris Watkins

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