PLOVER, Wis (WSAU) - A walkie-talkie transmission led to increased precautions at an elementary school in Plover Monday. During an early afternoon recess, one of the playground monitors heard a voice on the walkie-talkie say “"The kids are on the playground. It might be a good time to shake it up."
School officials didn’t know what to make of the walkie-talkie transmission, and couldn’t identify where it came from or what it meant. The school’s radios use public frequencies, and the messages are not encrypted. As a precaution, children were taken inside the school, and recess for the rest of Monday and Tuesday was held indoors. School officials notified Plover police, which performed some extra patrols around the school.
Superintendent Dr. Attila Weninger says it was not a lockdown situation, but says most exterior doors besides the main entrance are usually locked while school is in session. When this incident developed, Weninger says Roosevelt School added a staff member to the front door to escort any potential visitors to the office. Otherwise, it was school as usual.
Parents were told about the incident. They were emailed an explanation of why children were taken inside late Monday, and the school is sending the letter home with students Tuesday. Some parents kept children home Tuesday, which Weninger understands.
The Administrator is concerned that the story is getting bigger than it really is due to different interpretations each time it’s told, and because of the spread of the various stories on social media. “We know that right now, this whole thing is on Facebook, and that’s causing some issues as well because the telephone game of people say one thing and then somebody says another, by the time the 15th or 20th person says it, it doesn’t look anything like the original transmission.”
The school says all visitors to the school will still have to sign in at the office and will only be let into the school office once they’re accompanied by a staff member.
The Roosevelt I.D.E.A. school is part of the Stevens Point Area School District.
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