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Posted on: October 19, 2018

Sheriff's Department investigating threats complaint at Central High School

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The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a threat complaint at Central High School located at 24617 75th Street in Paddock Lake, WI.

On October 18, 2018, at approximately 10:00 p.m., an anonymous person using the social media outlet Snapchat posted a statement indicating “CHS School Shooting 10-19-18 Be Ready.” At the present time, the school is open for class and all activities. The Sheriff’s Department has posted extra personnel at the school.

At this point there is no credible evidence to confirm the threat, or that Central High School in Kenosha County is even the school involved. When using Snapchat, a user is able to create a ‘post’ which disappears soon thereafter; making it hard to determine who the original sender is.

This investigation is active and ongoing. Sheriff David Beth, the department, and the Central High School Administration and staff take all threats or potential threats extremely seriously to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

8:53 a.m. UPDATE:

Central High School Administration has now made the determination to cancel classes due to a large number of excused absences.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department requests that anyone who receives any kind of post or message related to this incident to take a ‘screenshot’ and forward it to the Sheriff’s Department website at

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