Portage teen arrested for allegedly threatening to harm other student with firearm, sheriff’s office says

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TOWN OF FORT WINNEBAGO, Wis. — A 15-year-old Portage boy was taken into custody Wednesday after he reportedly threatened to bring a firearm to school and harm another student, according to a news release from the Columbia County Sheriffs’ Office.

The Columbia Marquette Adolescent Needs School in the town of Fort Winnebago reached out to deputies after school officials learned of a “threat to bodily harm” that was made by one student to another.

Deputies found out through an investigation that several students were using a group chat on a social media app. A parent of one of the students called the content in the chat inappropriate and pointed it out to the other students.

After being confronted, a 15-year-old boy reportedly threatened the student whose parent commented in the chat, along with the child’s family.

Officials said the threats claimed the boy would bring a gun to school and use it against the student. Authorities said the teen also sent a picture of a firearm to the student after making the threats.

The sheriff’s office later arrested the boy and took him to a juvenile detention facility.

The release said a felony charge of terrorist threats will be referred to the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from the Portage Police Department and Columbia County Health and Human Services.

On January 6, 2021, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Columbia Marquette Adolescent Needs School…

Posted by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office WI on Thursday, January 7, 2021