Criminal charges being considered against student who posted threatening picture

MILTON, Wis. - Criminal charges are being considered against a Milton High School student who posted a threatening image Tuesday night on an online group chat, according to a release.

Milton police said they were notified around 7 p.m. by the Milton School District that they were investigating a potential threat at the high school that was posted in a private online group chat.

The threat consisted of a photograph of black marker written on a wall referencing Columbine and “shooting up” the school, according to the release.

School officials were able to determine the photo was originally from a news release regarding a threat written on a bathroom wall in an Indiana high school in 2015, officials said.

The juvenile student who posted the photographer to the group chat admitted to finding the picture online and posting it to the group chat, police said.

According to the release, the 16-year-old told officers he thought May 23 was the anniversary of the Columbine shooting, found the photograph compelling, and posted it to the private chat without any comment or explaining the context.

The 16-year-old told police he didn't intend to threaten anything in posting the photograph.

Investigators have determined there is no threat to harm students or staff at Milton High School, but the case remains under investigation and potential criminal charges against the student are being evaluated, according to the release.

During the investigation, Milton High School was searched by police and district administrators, officials said. No written threats were found in the school.

Given the impact of the 16-year-old's actions, he has been referred to the Rock County juvenile court system for one count of disorderly conduct, officials said.

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