A 17-year-old male student was arrested for making a bomb threat on the day of the Greendale High School Homecoming dance.
The message was found on a boys bathroom wall on September 20. As soon as the threat was reported, school administrators contacted the Greendale Police Department and began an investigation. Greendale detectives used school video surveillance, handwriting comparisons, and interviews to narrow down the suspects, according to a release from the Greendale Police Department.
The suspect, who is being held in custody, told police he penned the threat in an attempt to disrupt Homecoming activities.
As a precaution the Homecoming dance on September 22 was moved to an alternate location in the middle school at the last minute. In addition, the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s bomb sniffing dogs conducted multiple searches of the school campus.
The student will face the school district's usual and customary discipline process up to and including expulsion, according to a release from the district. The student will not be allowed to return to Greendale High School, until the situation is resolved.
The suspect is appearing in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office on September 26 where he faces felony charges of bomb scare. The charge carries the possibility of a prison sentence.