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No evidence found in Kettle Moraine High School bomb threat

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department continues investigating incident

Jan. 21, 2013

Kettle Moraine School District - Some students were at Kettle Moraine High School on Monday, a scheduled day off school and workday for teachers, taking exams disrupted by last week's bomb threat at KMHS.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the incident, reviewing video tapes from security cameras in the building and offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the threat.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers of Waukesha County at (888) 441-5505.

While parents supported the decision to cancel classes because of the threat, their major concern was the effect the disruption would have on student success with exams, according to Superintendent Pat Deklotz.

"We have reassured them this will not negatively impact their child's demonstration of proficiency," Deklotz emphasized.

The threat prompted KM officials to call off school on Thursday, the second day of semester exams. Classes were also canceled at the neighboring Wales Elementary School. After-school activities at both schools were canceled Wednesday and Thursday.

Classes resumed at KMHS and Wales Elementary School on Friday.

A message written on a wall in the high school specified a bomb threat to KMHS on Jan. 17. Upon learning about the threat on Jan. 16, high school staff investigated and determined there was no immediate threat. After-school activities on Wednesday evening were canceled to allow the Waukesha County and Milwaukee County sheriff's departments to conduct a sweep through the building, according to Superintendent Pat Deklotz. Canine units from the two departments searched the high school, and although no evidence was found during the sweep, classes and activities remained canceled for the following day.

Deklotz said the decision to cancel classes was not a reflection on the backlash the district received regarding the procedure followed after a tagging incident in March 2012.

"We began the investigation on Wednesday, and when we could not bring closure, we felt it was prudent to take the next steps to ensure the safety of students and staff because the threat was specific to Thursday, Jan. 17," explained Deklotz. "We felt closing the school was necessary because sweeping the school in advance would not prevent something from being brought into the building."

Deklotz explained the district is working with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department on handling the incident since the Sheriff's Department has more experience than district officials in dealing with such situations.

"We did see this as a specific threat to the high school on a specific date," Dekoltz said.

Teachers were not allowed in either building Thursday, but KMHS teachers spent the day working from home to make accommodations for students to complete exams that were displaced by the threat.

Some Facebook and Twitter comments questioned the coincidental nature of a bomb threat during exam week, while others showed disbelief at the incident.

"So glad I don't go to Kettle Moraine High School anymore," one grad stated.

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Weekend Happenings

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Rotary Pancake Day: 7:30 a.m. Feb. 28, Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. Fundraiser for the Waukesha Rotary Club is 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Expo Center Arena. Advance tickets at Waukesha State Bank, downtown location., $5-$7. $5 advance, $7 at the door; free for children 5 and younger. www.waukesharotary.org.

Ninth Annual Oconomowoc Rotary Wine & Brew Fest: 5 p.m. Feb. 28, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Rd, Oconomowoc. Wine, food and beer. Features foods from the best of our local restaurants. Purchase tickets at $50 from an O-Town Rotarian, through Facebook, or in person at most area First Bank Financial Centre locations, Books & Company & Lorleberg True Value Hardware. See more at www.oconomowocrotary.org. $50.

Chili Tasting: 11 a.m. Feb. 28, The Garden Mart, W297 S9115 Highway 83, Mukwonago. Chili tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local vendors will be selling unique merchandise. Judging is open to the public and all proceeds from voting will be donated to the Mukwonago Food Pantry. Event is free. Call (262) 363-5252 for information.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash Literacy Event: 10 a.m. Feb. 28, Hartland North Elementary, 232 Church Street, Hartland. Families with children in 4-year old kindergarten through second grade are invited to a special event. The Cat in the Hat and the Lorax will celebrate with a big birthday cake for all of our guests along with lots of literacy activities based around Dr. Seuss books.

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