MINOCQUA - Many Lakeland Union High School parents kept their children home from school Friday. Threats to shoot up the school felt all too real after 17 people died in a Florida school this week. The high school stayed open Friday, however the atmosphere felt different.
Friday students walked through a crowd of police and sat in nearly empty classrooms.
"I didn't want to take the chance that something was going to happen to my son," said Lakeland Union High School parent Jennifer Stough.
Stough's 17- year- old son Zach had a lot to look forward to this weekend. Instead she kept him home Friday.
"I have friends that went to school today and that makes me nervous," said Zach.
Yesterday a student and teacher found shooting threats on a ladies bathroom stall suggesting a repeat of what happened in Florida.
"It's not a joke and we take these things seriously," said Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger.
Minocqua police quickly got involved. However, the threats didn't stop there.
"Then the snapchat picture was going around," said Stough.
Thursday night someone also edited a photo of a boy holding a rifle saying 'Round 2 of Florida' with a 'LUHS' ,logo at the bottom and sent it out on social media.
"[The] Likelihood of it not happening would be 99 percent but that one percent we can't take a gamble on," said Jaeger.
Most Lakeland parents didn't take the gamble either and pulled their kids out of school. Other students had to walk through police to get to class.
"All I could think about in my mind is what would we do if something like this were to happen," said Lakeland Union High School Principal Jim Bouche.
Bouche watched the coverage from the Florida shooting the night before Lakeland got its own threats.
"We live in a threatening world, but we have to live," Bouche.
Lakeland increased its police presence, cancelled its pep rally, and school dance. The school also got the FBI involved.
"If you don't like school you can drop out you can do all these things you have the choice but shooting innocent kids, teachers is nowhere near the choice you should make," said Zach.
Whoever made the choice to send the threats could face legal punishment.
"The pranksters or perpetrators doing these type of things have to realize we're going to find you," said Bouche.
Police have made one arrest in connection to the threats sent through social media.
It was a minor so no details will be released at this time.
Administrators expect, school will restart normally on Tuesday. If you have any information that can help with the investigation contact the Minocqua Police Department at (715) 356-3234.