Bomb squads from Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha counties responded to Yorkville Elementary at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday after a student found a note referring to a possible bomb and weapons on school property, said Sheriff Chris Schmalling, of the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.

Bomb squads from Milwaukee and Kenosha counties assisted Racine County in a search of the school. Nothing has been found as of the time of this writing. It is believed to be a possible hoax, but the Sheriffs office will continue to search until they can confirm.

The student gave the paper to a teacher, who then alerted the principal. The school immediately activated their safety plan and alerted authorities. Racine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and assisted in evacuating all students on buses to Union Grove Elementary. School officials also sent out notifications to all parents to tell them their children were safe and they could be picked up at Union Grove Elementary.

There was no evidence that there is any threat to any other school in the area and parents should not be worried.  Early during the investigation, a 14-year-old student of the Yorkville Elementary School was located and apprehended, Schmalling said.

He thanked Milwaukee and Kenosha County for their quick response and help. He also thanked the staff at Yorkville Elementary School for their quick thinking and their speed and safety in which they were able to get all the students out of possible danger.

The sheriff’s office underscored the need for parents to talk to their children about the dangers of making false reports.  Not only dangers at the school, but for the officers responding to these calls.  One of the most dangerous times for law enforcement and emergency personnel is responding to a scene.  Accidents while responding to calls are more likely because other drivers are not always paying attention to their surroundings and do not see the emergency vehicles, despite all the lights and sirens.

 

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