December 4, 2019 – West Bend, WI – On Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at approximately 6 p.m. a student at a West Bend High School reported he received a message on social media of a picture of a compass. On the compass were the names of five cities including; Waukesha, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Brookfield, and West Bend. West Bend Police began an investigation and notified the City of Brookfield and Sheboygan Police Departments.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2019 West Bend officers identified a 15-year-old West Bend student that created the picture and sent it to friends. We also identified a 17-year-old West Bend student that distributed the picture to numerous other students. The 15-year-old stated he wrote the names of the cities with the intention of suggesting that Brookfield, Sheboygan, and West Bend would be the next victims of a shooting at schools in their cities. West Bend Police took the 15-year-old and 17-year-old into custody. The 15-year-old was referred to Washington County juvenile authorities for Disorderly Conduct. The 17-year-old was cited for Disorderly Conduct.
The information regarding the two actors was forwarded to Waukesha, Oshkosh, City of Brookfield, and Sheboygan Police Departments. The City of Brookfield Police Department is also referring charges of Disorderly Conduct to the Waukesha County juvenile authorities and Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office.
This seems too light a punishment – particularly for the 17-year-old. Making threats like that are no joke, but kids will continue to act like they are if law enforcement treats them like they are.