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Bomb threat closes Lake Geneva schools

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Kevin Hoffman
Dan Plutchak
February 1, 2011
— A bomb threat e-mailed to the Lake Geneva School District on Monday morning forced administrators to evacuate all schools in the area.

Lake Geneva police said administrators and the school liaison officer received an e-mail at 9:03 a.m. claiming bombs were located in Badger High School and other schools, according to a press release.


The high school was evacuated, along with Lake Geneva Middle School, Eastview Elementary, Central Denison and Star Center.


Students were dismissed beginning at 10:30 a.m. None of the schools reopened Monday. Parents were to be notified by phone and the district's website about when the schools would reopen.


At Central Denison Elementary School in downtown Lake Geneva, students were evacuated across Geneva Street, where they waited for buses or parents to pick them up.


Police closed the street in front of the school as buses lined up for children to board.


Glenn Biller arrived at the school at about 12:30 to pick up his two sons.


Biller, the swim coach at Badger High School, said he first heard from one of his swimmers at about 10:30 a.m. that schools were closing. They told him students were being dismissed early and that there would be no after-school activities.


"It wasn't supposed to snow until tomorrow," Biller said, "so we thought something was up."


Lake Geneva police planned to search the schools with dogs. The FBI was assisting in the investigation.



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