Verona Police: No actual threat at high school after ‘concerning’ social media post

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Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 9:50 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2021 at 2:46 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Verona Area School District and Verona police assured students and families that administrators have found “no reason to believe” there is a security threat to the high school after receiving a “concerning” social media post.

The Verona Police Department stated it was contacted by Verona Area High School administration Friday morning about a vague post asking if “someone was going to shoot up the school tomorrow.”

Officers were sent to the high school to provide additional security and interview several students.

In an email to the Verona Area High School community, the district explained its tip line received a question asking if administrators knew of a potential act of violence on Friday. The letter stated that the Central Office Staff immediately launched its investigation in coordination with the Verona Police Dept.

The investigation did not indicate any threats; however, should one arise, the district told families they would alert them as soon as possible. Officers determined there was no actual threats made and the initial social media posted “caused a flurry of rumors and disruption to the school day.”

Police will offer security at sporting events at the high school this weekend, as well.

District officials also urged students and families alike to share any concerning information with the district or an adult at the school. They reminded everyone that the tip line provides a “quick, easy, and anonymous” system for reporting concerns 24 hours a day.

Tips can be reported by calling 608-653-1004.

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