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Firing range incident raises red flag at Washington Island School

A poster featuring the Graduating Class of 2022 used for target practice at a Washington Island firing range is the latest threat of violence involving a Door County school in the last seven days.


Washington Island Principal and Director of Curriculum Tim Verboomen notified parents and community members through various channels at approximately 8 a.m. on Thursday. In the letter, he says the poster was discovered at the local firing range and it appeared to have been used as target practice. He laid out what has been done since the discovery was made, which included contacting its School Resource Officer and starting an investigation. He says they have been getting updates and they are prepared to take any precautions or pieces of advice that are recommended. Verboomen goes on to say that they plan and conduct safety drills at school to ensure their students know the plans and practice how to keep them safe. 




This marks the third time since last Friday that a Door County School District had to address a threat of violence. On April 28th, a Sturgeon Bay faculty member found a sticky note with a list of names for a “hit list” at the high school, leading to a student’s immediate suspension. Southern Door School District asked for an increased police presence on May 1st and 2nd after a collection of students received a threatening email over the weekend. In his last update, Southern Door Principal Steve Bousley said the students that received the email have been contacted and it remains under investigation by the Door County Sheriff’s Department.

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