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Southern Door student charged in threatening email case

An 18-year-old Southern Door High School student has been charged with making terrorist threats and the unlawful use of computerized communication systems in connection to a series of threatening emails sent last weekend.


Matthew Zittlow allegedly sent an email from a fictitious account to a select group of students telling them they were on a hit list. The incident triggered a series of events that led to an increased police presence at Southern Door High School on Monday and Tuesday and a notification about the threat was sent to families in the district. More charges could be on the way following Zittlow’s bond hearing that was held in Door County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Friday.


No other information is being released as the investigation is still ongoing with additional interviews to be conducted and electronic devices to be analyzed. Door County Sheriff Tammy Sternard and District Attorney Colleen Nordin reiterated their stance that there will be no tolerance for threats aimed at area schools and all threats will be treated as credible.



The Southern Door School District released its own statement shortly after, saying the district will not have any additional comments beyond the Door County Sheriff’s Department media release, but that the school takes student safety very seriously, and thanks everyone involved in resolving this case.

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