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UPDATE: Online threat 'to shoot up school' prompts Central closure

Central High School closed after online safety threat

UPDATE: Online threat 'to shoot up school' prompts Central closure

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The La Crosse School District confirmed the nature of the online threat posted on Facebook that prompted the early release at Central High School Friday morning.

The threat, written on Facebook under the alias 'Billy Thaclown' says, "For all La Crosse notices we are shooting up Central High School at 1:30 on the dot. Be ready."

1:30 p.m. was when Central's pep rally was scheduled to begin.

The page has since been deleted from Facebook.

The threat prompted the district to release students at 9:30 Friday morning and cancel all after-school and evening activities, including the school's homecoming game.

The game against Onalaska has been rescheduled to 4:30 Saturday afternoon at UWL. The homecoming dance is still scheduled for Saturday night.

Lincoln Middle School also postponed a student mixer scheduled for Friday night in response to the threat.


Central High School's homecoming football game is rescheduled to Saturday after a online safety threat Friday.

School District of La Crosse administrators rescheduled the football game between Central High School and Onalaska High School to 4:30 p.m., Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. The game will still be at UW-L's Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.

The game was rescheduled because of the La Crosse police's investigation into the online threat against Central High School.

Central High School's homecoming dance is still scheduled for Saturday evening.

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The La Crosse School District and police department are responding to an online safety threat at Central High School this morning.

According to a press release, the school district dismissed students and closed Central High School at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Buses are available for students.

Any parent who wants to pick up their student or give them permission to walk home is asked to call the school's main office at 608-789-7900. Students can remain at the school until parents or guardians are available.

"Why would you be so immature to do this? You're causing so much trouble for the whole school," high school senior Courtney Popp said. "All these parents had to come pick up their kids. Our senior year homecoming might not happen, so it's a bummer."

We'll update this page as more information comes in.

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