Suspicious message leads to Whitewater school evacuation, official says

Suspicious message leads to Whitewater school evacuation, official says

A Whitewater school was evacuated Monday morning because of a suspicious message, a school official said.

District Administrator Mark Elworthy said police searched Whitewater High School after the building was locked down. Elworthy said he was notified of the lockdown at about 10:10 a.m.

After the school was locked down, students were bused to an undisclosed offsite location.

At 1:47 p.m., the school district said on its website that no suspicious devices were found, and students had returned. Classes will resume and all after-school activities will continue as planned.

The suspicious message that led to the lockdown was found somewhere in the building, Elworthy said.

In a news release, city of Whitewater spokeswoman Kristin Mickelson said that during the lockdown, the other buildings within the district were placed on “Heightened Awareness,” which meant students were kept indoors for recess as a precautionary measure.

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