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Sun Prairie student taken into police custody after photo of firearm used in threat toward dean
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Sun Prairie student taken into police custody after photo of firearm used in threat toward dean

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A student at Sun Prairie High School was taken into police custody Thursday after circulating a threat toward the school dean on social media that included a photo of a firearm.

The student is being interviewed by the Sun Prairie Police Department after being taken into custody, and at no time were students or staff in danger, district spokesperson Patti Lux said in a statement.

The student had posted several images on Snapchat. One of those images included a statement made toward the dean, and a separate post had an image of a handgun.

The firearm shown in the student’s Snapchat post was found by police off school grounds, and all information indicated that it was never at school, Lux said.

The high school implemented a secure hold at about 11:20 a.m. Students were kept in place for a little while longer than usual until the issue was resolved. The district uses a secure hold when a situation does not present a threat of immediate harm but needs to be handled without movement in the building, Lux said.

The daily school schedule resumed at 12:15 p.m. with adjustments to allow all students access to lunch.

The district will provide updates to parents and community members as they become available, Lux said.

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