Threat in Prescott called a hoax

7:55 AM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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PRESCOTT, Wis. - Police in Prescott, Wisconsin say a threat that triggered the cancellation of all high school activities Thursday evening was a hoax.

"The high school student who told school officials that he had received a text message that threatened his life admitted to us during a follow up interview that he composed and sent the text message to himself," said Prescott Police Chief Mike Bondarenko. "The student told us he reported that he had been threatened because he did not want to go to school. He admitted he fabricated a threat."

Chief Bondarenko said the student reported receiving a text message about 2 p.m. from a person he claimed he met in St. Paul, a text that threatened his life. The teen said he received a second text message around 3:30 p.m. saying that the person was coming to kill him.

Deputies stood by at Prescott High School as students and staff members remaining in the building following dismissal were asked to leave.  District officials decided to cancel all night activities as a precaution while police investigated.

The student, who is a juvenile, was released to his father. He faces possible charges by the Pierce County Attorney.

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