Salem School was briefly on lockdown Monday morning after a threatening statement was found written in a school bathroom.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department was called to the school at about 10:30 a.m. after a student reported seeing the threat.
Sgt. David Wright said the same student who reported seeing the threat was later identified as the suspected source of the writing.
Wright said the department determined it was not a credible threat.
Wright said the school lockdown ended quickly, within a half hour.
During the lockdown, students remained in their classrooms and instruction continued, wrote Connie Valenza, the school’s interim administrator, in a message to parents.
“It is believed this incident was an attention-seeking ‘copycat’ written threat that does not pose a danger to our students,” Valenza wrote.
“We understand that these situations can cause anxiety,” Valenza wrote, saying teachers would be on the lookout for students upset by the incident.
“We will also follow up with all students to make sure they understand the serious consequences that can result from this type of behavior,” she wrote.
Law enforcement has been called repeatedly to schools around Kenosha County this school year to investigate threats, from graffiti in bathrooms to statements on social media to verbal threats made at school.
Students who make threats, even in jest, can face criminal charges, including the possibility of felony prosecution for making a terrorist threat.