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District, police investigate ‘perceived threat’ made against Birchwood school

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Published: May. 27, 2022 at 1:11 PM CDT
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BIRCHWOOD, WI-- School officials are clarifying details about a threat made against the Birchwood school in Washburn County, Wisconsin.

The district Superintendent, Gayle Luebke said the “perceived threat” was made against the school Friday, May 20.

She said a video was posted on social media by a student. She said other students saw the video and brought it to her attention on Friday.

The district contacted the Birchwood Police Department for further investigation.

According to the Washburn County Sheriff, Dennis Stuart, the Birchwood Police Chief, Adam Brunclik contacted their office for a recommendation.

Stuart recommended sending the video to the District Attorney’s office for further review. The DA said charges were not warranted at that point.

Parents of students at the school claim the response to the threat was not in line with school protocol.

During the school board meeting this week, Superintendent Luebke said the district is “constantly re-evaluating their procedures and will continue to make adjustments to them.” She also said that parents were notified about the threat Friday afternoon.

The Superintendent couldn’t comment on if the threat was deemed credible or specific details of the threat.

She also couldn’t say if that student was still in school. She said this case involves a juvenile and further comments could not be made.

Luebke said there is a lot of false misinformation circling around social media involving the threat.

She said if you want information contact the school and don’t rely on social media.

You can call the school at 715-354-3471.

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