Verona police say ‘no actual threats made’ to high school after investigating anonymous tip

Verona Area High School Shooting Threat Tip Question
Courtesy: Verona Area High School

VERONA, Wis. — Police in Verona have determined no actual threats were made after looking into a social media post that prompted an anonymous tip about a possible shooting at the high school Friday.

Verona school officials first alerted parents of high school students Friday morning, saying they received a “non-descript message” on the school’s tipline asking about the potential act of violence.

“‘Is someone shooting up the school tomorrow? Some one posted on there (sic) main [account]’ this was a concern posted to a community account,” a screenshot of the tip message shared by the school said. “There are apparently rumors of something like this happening at the high school. Obviously not solid evidence but many students are very anxious about this.”

The tip was sent in anonymously through the school’s tip website at about 1:16 a.m. Friday.

“We have no reason to believe there is any safety or security threat to our school at this time. If that were to change, we would notify this community immediately,” Verona Area High School principal Pam Hammen said in the email to parents.

 

Hammen said the high school is working with both the Central Office Staff and the Verona Police Department to further investigate the possible tip. The Verona Police Department confirmed to News 3 Now that officers were at the high school Friday morning.

Verona Police said the initial social media post “caused a flurry of rumors and disruption to the school day.”

Police say they will continue to offer security at the school’s scheduled sporting events this weekend.

The anonymous tip came after a note referencing the recent school shooting in Oxford, Michigan was found at Memorial High School in Madison on Thursday. Madison Metropolitan School District officials said there was “no reason to believe there is any security or safety risk.”