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June 10, 2014 | 04:35 PMWILLIAMS BAY — Williams Bay Police Lt. Laura Washer said the threat wasn’t overt, but at least one parent disagrees.
Breann Vogt, a fifth-grade teacher at the school, posted that she’d “like to go on a short but effective killing spree. My children* are insane! *home and school” on June 2.
Paul Gaugler, a parent of a fourth-grader at Williams Bay Elementary School, said at the June 9 school board meeting that he must have looked up a different definition of ‘overt’ than Washer.
He brought along printed definitions of ‘overt’ and ‘threat.’
Gaugler said he received a photo message with Vogt’s Facebook status from a teacher at another district last week.
“Most of us know about this,” Gaugler said of the parents at the board meeting.
“Why aren’t we talking about this? This is more important than everything else.”
District Administrator Wayne Anderson said Vogt would not be at school this week, which ends the school year.
Anderson said the board had only discussed the issue that day, and he didn’t offer further comment about her status at the school.
Vogt has taught at Williams Bay for 11 years.
“We haven’t heard anything from the district,” Gaugler said.
“There’s been no official word about the teacher’s status. I don’t know if my kids are going to be at school tomorrow, if we don’t hear something.”
Washer said the Williams Bay Police Department has no charges pending against Vogt.
“I’d like to have some assurance she doesn’t have access to the school,” Gaugler said to Anderson. “If this was a student, I know what would happen. It seems like (expulsion) is what should happen here as well.”
Anderson said Vogt doesn’t have keys to the school, and she is not allowed inside.
However, her children open enroll to the school, and Vogt is allowed to drop off and pickup them up at the school.
“Fifth-grade parents were notified about it (Monday),” Anderson said. “The students so far just know that she is not going to be in this week. As far as expulsion goes, that usually takes about three weeks to make the decision.”
Washer said because the school found out about the Facebook status on a Friday afternoon, communication to the public was delayed over the weekend. Anderson said he would send parents a “fact sheet” and update his blog regarding the incident on Tuesday.
The Regional News received the information around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Anderson wrote that the school board met in closed session June 9 to discuss the incident and disciplinary action.
“As of today, the investigation into this incident is still ongoing, but the district felt that it was extremely important to share this factual, relevant information with you,” he wrote.
“You expect better judgement from a teacher,” Gaugler said. “If she was intent to hurt someone, she could do it.”