The Sparta Area School District was in a classroom hold for approximately 1.5 hours this morning while school officials and law enforcement searched for a student who made direct threats to the school, including images of weapons, over social media. The student was apprehended by law enforcement in the school.
Due to the nature of the threats and the fact that the whereabouts of the individual were unknown, the district and law enforcement cooperatively made the decision to implement a classroom hold in all buildings in the district.
Incidents like the one that occurred this morning are alarming. Fortunately, the district and local first responders have been working together diligently to prepare for just such an incident. Responses were appropriate, cooperation was high, and the individual in question was located and removed without harm or injury. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
Thank you for your patience as we addressed this situation and for your understanding as we worked to keep all of our students and staff safe.