A written threat found in a bathroom at Park View Middle School caused evacuation of the school Monday, Feb. 6.
According to village of Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt, a note was found in a bathroom saying an explosive device was going to go off in the afternoon. School officials evacuated the school, busing students and staff to Mukwonago High School.
Police called the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department K-9 bomb squad and searched the building. No explosive device was found, according to a statement released by the Mukwonago Area School District Superintendent Shawn McNulty on Feb 6.
The Mukwonago Area School District posted an emergency notice on the website regarding the situation just before 1 p.m.
According to the notice, district officials had no reason to believe the threat was credible, but evacuated the school to err "on the side of caution," for the safety of students and staff.
All afterschool activities were canceled for Feb. 6. No students were allowed to return to Park View until Feb. 7. Officers and extra supervision were on hand when students returned.
PVMS administration and police will continue to investigate the incident.
A $500 cash reward is being offered for credible information that leads to the identification of the individual(s) responsible for the bomb threat, according to the statement. Information can be provided by phone or email to a PVMS administrator or directly to the Mukwonago Police Department at 262-363-6435. All individuals who provide information will remain confidential.
"Incidents like today’s are extremely disruptive to the school environment," McNulty said in the statement. "We urge parents to speak with their son/daughter regarding the seriousness of making a threat of any violence at a school. Making a threat at school has serious consequences and could result in suspension, expulsion, and being charged as an adult with a Class I felony."
Additional details will be posted on the district website at tinyurl.com/jv98f5x.