Police investigate student threats
By Holly Neumann
Manawa schools are under heightened security after threats against the school were reported Thursday to Dan Wolfgram, the high school principal.
Manawa police were asked to assist in the school’s investigation.
“There were threats made on social media and conversations and gestures at the school,” said Manawa Police Chief Jim Gorman. “We have to take everything seriously so we can be ahead of the game and address it immediately.”
According to Gorman another student reported the incident to a teacher. That teacher then gave the information to Wolfgram.
Gorman noted that at least five high school students were involved.
“One arrest was made and all the students have been suspended for the remainder of the school year,” Gorman said.
Officers have been placed at all the schools and the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department is doing extra patrolling in the area.
Also on Friday and for the final days of the school year, all doors at both schools will be locked all day.
A police officer will let students in through the front entrance to the high school only.
Manawa Elementary School students will be let in by the staff front door monitor.
Elementary recess will be indoors for the remainder of the school year.
Graduation will take place as planned at 7 p.m. Friday, with extra officers on hand.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing.
Correction: An earlier version of this article reported that the schools were on lockdown. Although all the doors were locked except the singles entrances as reported above, the school itself was not on lockdown.