Student Arrested In Connection to Threat
Police say the threats were not credible. Video by nbc26.comvideo
A Green Bay student is under arrest and a community left stunned--after police learn of possible threats made against school safety.
Officers say the threats were targeted at Preble High School. As soon as parents found out, some were so scared they didn't send their kids to school Friday.
"It is scary. I just feel so bad for the kids," said Mary Perez, a Preble parent who still sent her son to school. "Something has to be done. I know my son wouldn't do that, but it's just heartbreaking seeing kids still doing that after what happened in Connecticut."
Green Bay Police sent a letter to parents telling them they arrested a student who they say started threats on social media sites about a shooting targeted at Preble.
After investigating, officers say the threats were not credible.
"More of a campfire thing, where one person starts a threat or rumor and it just builds and builds and builds," said Lt. Jody Buth, with Green Bay Police.
Police plan on recommending charges against the student, and the district will look into expulsion.
"The impact on families and fear is very, very problematic," said Green Bay Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld.
District leaders believe the threats were not targeted at a specific school, but for Perez it's concerning.
"I think it's terrible. They need to know they can't goof around, go on Facebook, and say all these things," said Perez.
Since the student is under 18, police did not release a name to us. District leaders had extra officers at Preble Friday checking every student's I.D. before they walked in the building.