By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — It all started with a field trip.
A 13-year-old Elk Mound Middle School student involved in a verbal and physical altercation on a bus returning from a field trip to the middle school last Wednesday carried the altercation into the school and threatened the possibility of a shooting that could occur at the school on Friday, March 2, according to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department.
The Dunn County E-911 Center received a report of the threat at Elk Mound Middle School at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28.
[emember_protected] Dunn County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the Elk Mound Middle School, and the investigation continued to a residence in the Town of Elk Mound.
At the residence, deputies took a juvenile into custody in regard to the altercation and the comments the student had made, according to the news release.
Information about the altercation and the threats were forwarded to the Dunn County District Attorney and to the Department of Human Services.
According to a news release issued March 1, the juvenile suspect in the case is being charged with making terroristic threats, battery and disorderly conduct.
The student was expected to make a court appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court March 1.
The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department takes a zero tolerance stance on threats pertaining to school violence.
The sheriff’s department provided extra patrols for the Elk Mound school district to reassure students and parents that they are in a safe environment, according to the news release.
When asked for additional comment, Eric Wright, Elk Mound district administrator, said the issue was now in the hands of law enforcement.
Extra law enforcement patrols were in and out of the school buildings and school grounds on Thursday and also were planned for Friday, he said.
“Our number one concern is safety. We take any threat seriously,” Wright said, adding, “we want to make sure students feel safe.”
Wright said he had taken quite a few telephone calls from parents on Thursday as had the principals at Mound View Elementary, Elk Mound Middle School and Elk Mound High School.
“We are communicating with everyone as best we can to reassure them,” Wright said.
Because the suspect is only 13 years old, Wright said he was unable to make any comments about potential school district discipline for the student. [/emember_protected]