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May 20, 2016:  SHERIFF'S SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE (Corrected)

Joint News Release:

On May 18, 2016, the Albany School District was notified of an anonymous threat to students being posted on a social media website. A building search was conducted and a police investigation was launched. Law enforcement subsequently obtained information from website and phone company records, which tentatively identified the source of the message. A cell phone was taken for forensic analysis and interviews have been conducted.

Albany Police Chief James Placek has since requested the Green County Sheriff’s Office to proceed with a follow-up to the initial investigation. Moving forward, both agencies will be working with the School District to provide additional security until the investigation is concluded. Access to the building will be further restricted and school staff members will conduct searches of all articles brought onto the premises.

Law enforcement and school administration response is to consider the threat serious enough to warrant these precautions, but not allow it to further disrupt daily K-12 operations. This appears to be an isolated incident, unrelated to the others occurring a week earlier in two Green County schools in Monroe and Brodhead.

Superintendent Stephen Guenther added that with the threat issue still lingering, some students may be experiencing tension or anxieties. The Albany School wants to encourage parents to notify them if you are concerned about their child struggling with the situation. There are a number of staff members who will be available today and all of next week to talk with any students.

If anyone has additional information, please contact the Green County Sheriff’s Office at 608-328-9400 or Green County Crime Stoppers at 800-422-7463, Albany Police Department or Albany Public Schools.

Authorized by:  Sheriff Mark A. Rohloff

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