Sun Prairie school put into precautionary lockdown following sexual assault awareness walkout

Cardinal Heights Middle School

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — School administrators at a Sun Prairie middle school put the school into a precautionary lockdown Monday after high school and middle school students staged a walkout to bring awareness to sexual assault.

According to a message sent to Sun Prairie parents and guardians, a group of students planned the walkout in support of several recent protests at area high schools following allegations an East High School student raped a young woman.

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During Monday’s walkout, students from Cardinal Heights and Prairie Phoenix Academy schools gathered on the Sun Prairie High School campus and were joined by some high schoolers.

District administrators said the event began peacefully, but “some situations escalated between a few students.” The district did not share information about the context surrounding the “escalated” situations.

Officials said some students left the high school campus after the event and marched to the District Support Center, passing Cardinal Heights on the way. While at the support center, students shared concerns about sexual assault policies with administrators.

According to the letter, Cardinal Heights was put into a precautionary lockdown because of “the heightened level of activity around the centralized location” of the school. Administrators said they initiated the lockdown according to guidance from the Sun Prairie Police Department in an attempt to keep high schoolers out of the building.

The district did not immediately respond to a request for clarification on the events leading up to the lockdown.