A 13-year-old Mahone Middle School student was taken into custody Thursday after police learned he threatened a shooting at the school and a video surfaced of him holding a weapon.
Kenosha Police learned of the threat at 8:11 p.m. Thursday after a person who saw the video took a screenshot that showed the boy holding the weapon.
“When the officers went to the house, they found the student, who admitted to having the gun, and they located the gun,” Lt. James Beller said.
He said the gun was a Sig Sauer P522 semi-automatic rifle. Beller said the gun belonged to the boy’s family and was accessible in his home.
There was no evidence the student had taken the gun to school. He also did not have access to ammunition.
The boy was arrested and faces charges of making a terroristic threat.
Series of incidents
The threat was the latest of a series of incidents at Mahone, Beller said. He said police worked closely with Kenosha Unified School District officials on the investigations.
Also on Thusday, a student was found with a pocket knife at school after making a threat to injure a student the previous week.
On Wednesday, an 11-year-old student was taken into custody and referred for charges for making a terroristic threat after he threatened to shoot another student and showed a photograph of a firearm.
Students reported the threat to the school. In that case, the gun found by police was an airsoft gun.
On Nov. 11, two special education students with cognitive disabilities were questioned after they were heard having a loud conversation at school, speaking about about setting off an explosion.
Those students, ages 13 and 14, were questioned by police and also were referred for charges of making a terroristic threat. There was no evidence they had access to explosives or weapons.
Students who make threats can be charged with a felony.
“The Kenosha Police Department asks that parents speak with their children about the seriousness of making threats or alarming statements and the consequences of making such statements,” police said in a formal statement.