Police: WMS student arrested after threats of school shooting



A potential school shooting was thwarted Thursday morning after officers received a report of a threatening Snapchat message sent by a 15-year-old Winona Middle School student, according to the Winona Police Department.

At 7:38 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, police received a report that a threatening message had allegedly been sent by a 15-year-old male student at the Winona Middle School late on Wednesday evening. The message reportedly referred to a shooting at the school, but police did not provide specific details of the message.

The student was reportedly taken into custody Thursday morning without incident, and he will be referred to the County Attorney for potential criminal charges.

According to police chief Paul Bostrack, the student did not have a gun when he was arrested and police were not aware of any access to firearms “at this time.”

“This is an active investigation,” Bostrack said. “There are still people left to talk to.”


Police say there is no threat to the public, and there is no indication that anyone else was involved.

“The safety of our students and staff are of the utmost importance, and we take all threats seriously,” WAPS Superintendent Rich Dahman said. “We will continue to work with the Winona Police Department on this investigation.”

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