Memorial High School student arrested for fake 911 calls, investigation into threats continues


MADISON, Wis. – The Madison Police Department announced that they arrested a Madison Memorial High School student for making several false 911 calls this week.

In an update Friday, police said the student was arrested on two counts of misusing 911 after he allegedly called the number twice this week, claiming he could see the outline of gun in another student’s backpack.

Both times the student called anonymously but named another student as the one with the gun. Police found the student accused of having a firearm and found no weapon.

Officers were able to track down the teenager making the calls, who later reportedly confessed. Police said they are referring the charges to the Dane County District Attorney’s Office. The student was not named by the police.

At this time, it is not known if the student was involved in any other threats made to Memorial High School this week.

The police department says its detectives continue to actively investigate these other threats as part of a collaborative effort between the department and the Madison Metropolitan School District, whose administrators continue to provide support.

Officers continued to conduct additional patrols at Memorial High School on Friday, police spokeswoman Stephanie Fryer said, as part of the expanded police presence at the school since Wednesday. An MPD team also visited the school to investigate the source of the threats.

Officials said they believe there may be impersonators involved and that the person responsible for the threats is seeking media attention. As such, News 3 Now will not report further threats unless there is a break in the school day.

“The Madison Police Department recognizes the anxiety and stress these types of threats can create in our community and feel for students and staff whose school week has been disrupted,” Fryer said in a statement. updated incident report on school threats.

On Friday, none of the threats about MMSD schools were found to be credible, with detectives swiftly discrediting them.


Martha K. Merrill