Middleton-Cross Plains high schools closed due to 'serious' threat on social media

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MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV) Due to “serious and specific threats” on social media, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District is canceling classes at Clark Street Community School and Middleton High School on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

The district said in a post on Facebook that the threats are specific to their high school campuses. Elementary and middle schools will be in session on Wednesday with an increased police presence, according to the district.

"Due to recent events, we felt an increased police presence around our schools today would provide additional assurances to our students, families and staff," the district said in an email to parents.

Middleton school district PIO Perry Hibner tells NBC15 that the threat was made on Instagram. At this time police do not know who made the threat, but they are working with Instagram to find out.

"We continue to be in contact with local law enforcement from Middleton, Cross Plains and Dane County," the letter continued. "Local law enforcement was supportive of our decision to cancel classes at our high schools and to hold classes at our elementary and middle schools today."

Hibner added that a student protest is scheduled for Wednesday. Law enforcement do not know if the threat on social media is connected to the protest.

According to a letter to parents from the school district, students at Clark Street Community School and Middleton High School are planning a walkout to increase awareness for sexual assault victims.

Administrators have met with students to make sure their protest, scheduled to be held near Fireman’s Park, is safe.

According to the district:

"We view student protest as a choice. We understand their desire to have a voice and to engage in civic and social discussions. Each student and family must decide for themselves how they choose to engage. Regardless of what an individual student decides to do on Dec. 11, our foremost concern is for the safety of all of our students and staff."

This is a developing story. Stay with NBC15 as we learn more