VILLAGE OF HARTLAND - Students were safely evacuated Monday, May 8, after a student discovered a bomb threat written on the wall of a bathroom at North Shore Middle School.
Authorities got the call about the threat at the school, 800 North Shore Drive, at about 1:44 p.m. Scanner traffic indicated that the threat suggested a bomb would go off at 2 p.m., but authorities did not comment on exactly what the threat stated.
The school evacuated 375 students, along with staff members, outside to nearby Lakeside Elementary School. Students were then bused to Oakwood Church, 3041 Oakwood Road, where they were released to their parents.
Police blocked off the school and redirected traffic. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought into the school to ensure its safety.
Other area schools were informed and put on precautionary lockdowns,Hartland Police Chief Mike Bagin said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
"As you can imagine, people are curious. They start calling the school. We were able to pretty much contain any residual effect beyond North Shore," said Bagin.
The investigation is ongoing, according to Bagin, who added that there are no suspects at this time.
The school has a security camera near where the threat was made, which Bagin said his department will take a look at.
If officers determine the threat came from a student, he or she will be referred to the juvenile authorities, Bagin said. If it turns out to be an adult, police would seek charges through the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office, he said.
In some cases, the departments could seek restitution for the costs related to the emergency response.
Hartland Fire Chief David Dean was also at the news conference, and praised the school for its handling of the situation. The Hartland Fire Department was among the agencies that responded to the scene.
"The school has a great emergency disaster plan in place, and they followed it precisely by their standards and protocols, which was very helpful to us," Dean said. "Police, fire and schools work so closely together nowadays to make sure that we practice and make sure that we have a plan in place."
Hartland-Lakeside School District Superintendent Glenn Schilling said a student found the threat and told a staff member, who reported it to district administration. The school then went into implementing its emergency protocols. North Shore Middle School is part of the Hartland-Lakeside School District.
"You follow your protocol. You don't take any chances," Schilling said. "You just put everything in motion. That's what we did."
Other departments assisting at the scene included the city of Delafield Police Department, Chenequa Police Department, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the city of Milwaukee Police Department.