Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

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Student admits to sending bomb scare

by Lisa Seiser

February 10, 2011

A 15-year-old Badger student has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 31 e-mail bomb threat.

According to the Lake Geneva Police Department, the e-mail was traced back to a school computer. The investigation, which also included the FBI and the Lake Geneva School District, then led police to the teenager who admitted to sending the bomb threat. Through cooperation with the family, the student admitted to police that he acted alone in sending the e-mail out from a school computer on Monday morning.

The police report stated the boy said "he never thought this incident would cause such a commotion and for school to be evacuated and bomb dogs called in."

Police Chief Michael Rasmussen said the department takes incidents such as this very seriously and it can result in significant charges.

The department will refer charges against the teenager to the Walworth County District Attorney's Office through juvenile intake, and Lake Geneva School Administration also is expected to take action against the student for his involvement in the incident.

School District Administrator Jim Gottinger called it a "pretty serious matter" and said the administration will follow through with disciplinary action against the student.

On Jan. 31, at about 9:03 a.m., Lake Geneva School District administrators and the Lake Geneva Police Department school liaison officer received an e-mail claiming there were bombs located in Badger High School and other schools. That led to the evacuation of Badger, Lake Geneva Middle School, Star Center, Central-Denison and Eastview elementary school.

The school buildings were then searched with the use of bomb-detecting dogs from Milwaukee. According to Rasmussen, everything was considered all clear by about 8 p.m.