‘Concern about student safety:’ Mukwonago HS cancels walkout after rumors of threat

MUKWONAGO — Mukwonago High School students would not take part in a walkout Wednesday, March 14 due to student safety concerns.

According to school officials, on Tuesday night, March 13 the Village of Mukwonago Police Department began investigating a rumor about a potential school shooting at Mukwonago High School during Wednesday’s planned walkout in protest of gun violence and in support of the 17 victims killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. one month ago.

Police interviewed three students in their homes and determined that there was no validity to the rumors, nor was there a credible threat to student safety at Mukwonago High School.

However, due to recent events and concern about student safety in the area and across the country, school officials canceled student participation in the planned walkout.

The superintendent released the following statement on Facebook:

To MHS Families:

Good Morning,

Late last evening I was informed that the Village of Mukwonago Police Department was investigating a rumor about potential school shooting at Mukwonago High School during today’s National School Walkout. The police interviewed three students in their homes and determined that there was no validity to the rumors nor was there a credible threat to student safety at Mukwonago High School. Due to recent events and concern about student safety in the area and across the country, we are going to cancel student participation in today’s walkout. Principal Jim Darin will work with student leaders to discuss alternative activities to honor victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy at later date.

We are asking parents to continue to have conversations with their son or daughter about appropriate conversations regarding violence in schools. Students should be encouraged to immediately report any concerns to school officials or law enforcement officials. I also want to thank the parent who did contact the police last night.

Please contact me with questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation.

Shawn McNulty
Superintendent