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Lakeland school attendance low Friday after shooting threat at high schoolSubmitted: 02/16/2018
Lakeland school attendance low Friday after shooting threat at high school
Story By Phylicia Ashley

MINOCQUA - Only about one-third of students showed up to classes at Lakeland Union High School Friday morning, with many staying home after police verified a shooting threat.

More police officers were on hand at the school Friday morning.

On Thursday evening, Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger confirmed the discovery of shooting threats in the ladies' bathroom near the LUHS auditorium. The threat noted an attack would be similar to Wednesday's school shooting in Parkland, Fla., which killed 17 people.


LUHS Principal Jim Bouche said a photo also was circulated Thursday night via the social media app Snapchat. The photo showed a young man with a rifle, with "LUHS" superimposed on the photo. Bouche said the school and police later discovered the photo was of a boy in New York, not someone local.

Students were told they could stay home on Friday. An assembly and pep rally were cancelled, and the fate of a dance scheduled for Saturday was still up in the air.

Police still don't know who posted the threat.

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