Dear Parents and students:
This morning, just prior to the start of the school day, Delavan-Darien School District officials were informed of an online threat of a potential school shooting. The threat was non-specific, but was possibly made to schools in the Walworth County area, including Delavan-Darien Schools.
This threat came through a mobile social media application called Yik Yak, which allows individuals to send messages anonymously.
Delavan-Darien School District officials were made aware of this threat just before the start of the school day. The threat originated in the East Troy area.
Upon learning of the threat, police checked the entrances of all buildings and worked with district staff to facilitate a district-wide lockdown at the start of the school day for all schools.
The threat, as reported by area media outlets, was that someone was going to “come shoot up the school.” Again, this was a not specific to any school.
Through police investigation, it was learned shortly after the start of the school day that the threat was allegedly made on a phone possessed by a Delavan-Darien High School student. The student is in custody and the police investigation into the situation is ongoing. East Troy police are leading the investigation and Delavan Police are working closely with them.
After the student was identified by police, the district and police decided that it was safe to lift the lockdown order at all schools. School activity returned to normal by 9 a.m. at all schools.
Delavan police will provide an increased presence in and around school buildings throughout the day and at tonight’s varsity football game. We feel students are as safe as any normal school day and police are handling the matter appropriately.
Please stay tuned to our website for more information on the social media Yik Yak.