15-year-old Portage boy in custody after allegedly making threats | Regional information


A 15-year-old Portage boy was taken into custody Thursday after threatening another teenager and saying he would bring a gun to school. According to a press release from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, employees at the Columbia Marquette Adolescent Needs School in Fort Winnebago said they learned of impending assault on one student for another.

Through the investigation, MPs learned that several students were engaged in a group chat on a social media app. A parent of one of the teenagers found that the content of the group chat was inappropriate and pointed this out to the teenagers in the chat.

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After this confrontation in the group chat, the Portage boy threatened the child of the confronting parent and the child’s family with bodily harm. The threats indicated that the 15-year-old would bring a gun to school and use it against the other student, and the boy who made the threats reportedly sent the other student a picture of a gun.

The 15-year-old Portage boy was taken into custody by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and taken to a safe juvenile detention center. A terrorist threat charge will be referred to the Columbia County Attorney’s Office.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was supported by the Portage Police Department and Columbia County Health and Human Services.

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