16-year-old student believed to have brought gun to Middleton High School arrested, officials say

Police: Staff member alerted resource officer about student who may have had gun; No gun found on campus or during arrest

MIDDLETON, Wis. — A 16-year-old student was taken into custody for allegedly bringing a gun to Middleton High School on Monday.

The Middleton Police Department said multiple officers and deputies from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office went to the school after receiving a report of a student having a gun.

Authorities were alerted when the school’s resource officer was told by a staff member that a student possibly had a gun inside the school. After the report was made, the school was put on lockdown around 12:30 p.m. as the search for the student began.

Clark Street Community School and Kromrey Middle School were also placed under lockdown, while Sauk Trail Elementary was put on a soft hold.

After about 45 minutes, the student was found and arrested without incident. Police said they did not find a gun on him during his arrest, and Superintendent Dr. Dana Monogue said no gun was found on campus.

“The staff and students at Middleton High School, in partnership with our law enforcement partners, should be commended for keeping our students and staff safe during this situation,” Monogue said in a statement. “The high school will have extra student services staff members on hand to speak with any students who need it.”

During Monday night’s regularly-scheduled school board meeting, Monogue said the school and district “will now follow the appropriate protocols to determine next steps with the student involved in the incident.”

“We realize that the situation today was really difficult for many people,” she said. “Whenever there is a threat, actual or alleged, we need to do our due diligence with the support of our law enforcement partners to keep everyone safe.”

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School officials did not respond to News 3 Now’s requests for further comment.

The district had planned to hold a news conference Monday afternoon to answer questions about the incident but later said a video statement would be released instead.

Police said the investigation into the incident is still ongoing.


MIDDLETON, Wis. — Middleton police say they are investigating a situation near Middleton High School as several schools are under lockdown.

Police said they could not provide more details on the situation that is still unfolding but did confirm there was no active shooter on the school’s campus.

A message from the district to staff at the high school indicated that there was a student on campus with a gun in their backpack. In the message, district officials indicated they believed the student had left the building but they had not been able to confirm that fact at the time.

An e-mail to parents said Middleton High School, Clark Street Community School, and Kromrey Middle School were placed under lockdown as of 12:30 p.m. Monday. Sauk Trail Elementary is on a soft hold, according to the e-mail.




News 3 Now has contacted Middleton-Cross Plains school officials for more information but has not yet received a response.

News 3 Now has crews on the way and will have more information as it becomes available and is confirmed.