17-year-old arrested in graffiti incident at Waukesha school

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Police in Waukesha say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old girl for writing messages in a bathroom at South High School that referenced the 1999 Columbine High School shootings.

A police statement Friday said the message read, “This is the new Columbine.”

Police say the girl confessed to the school resource officer and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Staff at South High School told police they believe there was no real threat to the safety of the school or students. Police say girl used the words because it was a recent topic in one of her classes, and that she didn’t understand it would be perceived as a threat of violence.

The Waukesha School District will handle any internal discipline from the case.