Saturday, September 26th

BLACK RIVER FALLS — A threat written on a wall in Black River Falls High School put the city on edge; however, classes went ahead Thursday morning at the school without incident.


Shelly Severson

Superintendent Shelly Severson said school officials found a note in the boys’ bathroom after school Wednesday threatening a shooting at the school. School officials immediately notified local law enforcement and reviewed the plans already in place in case of a threat against the school.

Severson credited the interagency collaboration between the Wisconsin State Patrol, Black River Falls Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, along with safety protocols practiced by the school district for easing the anxiety around the situation.

“It was far more calming, because everybody knew how the systems were going to work together,” Severson said.

Law enforcement officers swept the buildings for weapons and the school held classes as usual.