Police: Man arrested after making suspicious call to elementary school

Man allegedly said he wanted to check school security

Published On: Mar 11 2013 11:27:33 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 01 2013 02:53:51 PM CST
OREGON, Wis. -

A Portage man has been arrested on disorderly conduct charges after police say he made a suspicious phone call to an Oregon elementary school teacher.

According to Oregon police, the man allegedly called Netherwood Knoll Elementary School Thursday evening by accident while drinking.

The man said he had been trying to reach a friend to discuss school safety. He instead reached the voice mail of a fourth-grade teacher and left a message saying he was going to test the security at the school and observe the school's reaction.

An Oregon Police Department statement said the man also made references to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The teacher listened to the voice mail before 8 a.m. Friday while students were entering school and immediately called police, according to a letter sent to Netherwood Knoll parents. Both Netherwood and Prairie View Elementary Schools acted according to the district’s crisis plan following the incident and went into secure perimeter lock down.

The letter said the Oregon Police Department identified the phone number and man, and Portage police apprehended him at 9:45 a.m.

The man was booked at Dane County jail on counts of disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a telephone. His name will not be released until he is formally charged, according to Oregon police.