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Falls sends letter to parents in response to threat rumors

Dec. 19, 2012

Like many schools across the area including in Oak Creek and Waukesha, rumors of a threat to Menomonee Falls High School have been circulating at school and in the community, which officials at the School District said are being thoroughly investigated.

A letter was sent to Menomonee Falls parents, saying nothing has indicated that there is a threat to the school on Friday, which is the day the rumor has targeted.

In cooperation with the Menomonee Falls Police Department, any concerns about specific students have been investigated through interviews with students and families, locker searches and media monitoring, according to the School District.

"While we intend to be visible and vigilant on Friday we do intend to continue with classes," reads a letter sent to parents from Menomonee Falls High School Principal Corey Golla. "As a parent you have every right to keep your children home on Friday."

The letter also asks parents to tell their children that providing false information will result in serious consequences at school and with police.

"The times are too serious for anyone to take advantage of our concern," reads the letter.

Superintendent Patricia Greco said the School District will hold students accountable for intentionally giving false information or causing the rumors to the full extent of the law.

"Situations of this nature are unacceptable. Each community and each family has the right to expect a safe learning environment that is threat-free," Greco said. "Students causing concern through false accusations need to also understand these statements will involve them in legally taking responsibility for their actions. This is inappropriate and serious."

Legal consequences could impact students' personal records or cost families money.

"Clearly in any school, the vast majority of children come to school each day focused on doing what is right and preparing for their futures. We have good students, working with a strong staff, in a community that cares about their schools," Greco said. "A handful of inappropriate actions are currently impacting school districts across the state."

Parents and children with any information regarding these rumors are encouraged to call the high school at (262) 255-8444. Children and parents with any concerns are also encouraged to express their concerns to school administration.

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