Verona police and school district identify person responsible for online threat

VERONA, Wis. – Verona area school district officials said they identified the person responsible for posting a threat to social media on Wednesday morning.

In a statement shared Wednesday afternoon, VASD public information officer Marcie Pfeifer-Soderbloom said the individual would face disciplinary action from the school, with the potential for prosecution. judicial.

“The individual who posted the threat will be held accountable through VASD’s disciplinary system and potential legal action,” Pfeifer-Soderbloom said. “This type of activity and the associated disruption to our students, staff and families will not be tolerated.”

The district did not say whether the person believed to be responsible for the threat is a student or a staff member.

Principal Pam Hammen said in a message to families early Wednesday that the school had received a report of a post on a private Instagram page that allegedly said an anonymous person would “hurt people” during lunch on Wednesday, although no specific time was given.

In response, district officials said they were working with the Verona Police Department to investigate. Verona Police had added a police presence at the school throughout the day as an additional security measure.

Read the district’s full statement below.

The Verona Area School District (VASD) prioritizes the safety of students and staff. Together with the Verona Police Department (VPD), VASD responded to a social media threat related to Verona Area High School (VAHS) on March 16, 2022. VASD and VPD staff successfully identified the owner of the Instagram account from which the threat was posted. Threats like the one made earlier today are taken seriously. The person who posted the threat will be held accountable through VASD’s disciplinary system and possible legal action. This type of activity and the resulting disruption to our students, staff and families will not be tolerated. VASD’s tip reporting system allows for quick, easy and anonymous reporting of concerns to school officials 24/7/365.

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