(OnFocus) Police Chief Rick Gramza of the Marshfield Police Department discusses the recent threats at the high school and the incident of a potentially armed individual at the university this week.
On Monday, Dec. 9, bomb threats were written on girls’ bathroom stalls at the Marshfield High School referencing the date 12-18-19. Two female students were arrested on felony charges the next day.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, a message on a boys’ bathroom stall stated “I think there is a school shooter threat Dec 19.” The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
On Tuesday, Dec. 17, a bomb threat was written on a boys’ bathroom stall referenced the date 12-17-19 at 1 p.m. and location of underneath the library, leading to early dismissal at the high school as a precaution and a police sweep of the building. An 18-year-old male and two 17-year-old males were arrested in this incident on Wednesday.
Upon investigation, none of the threats at the high school are considered viable, including the incident referencing the date Dec. 19.
On the evening of Dec. 17, the Marshfield Police Department warned the public to stay away from the UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield campus after a student reported possibly seeing a handgun in the pocket of an elderly disoriented male who asked him for directions. Students were evacuated and police contained the scene.
It was later learned that the suspect had been lost and asked two students for directions out of the building. He did not have possession of a weapon but did have gloves protruding from his jacket pocket.