Police present at Holmen School Board meeting after threat

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT) — Holmen police say that a threat, posted to Facebook, was not directed at any particular school board or member.

The lengthy Facebook post, which discusses politics and school boards, ends with “when the ballot box fails, the last resort is the ammo box.”

News 8 will not share the name of the poster because he has not been charged with a crime. School Board President Cheryl Hancock said she shared the post with law enforcement.

The Holmen police chief says an officer spoke with the man who wrote the post, and he took it down.

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The chief also sent one of his officers to Monday night’s school board meeting.

“Just out of an abundance of caution there is police presence here, yes,” Hancock said.

It has been a challenging few years for school board members in Wisconsin and nationwide, with protests and recalls over pandemic protocols.

This isn’t the first time Holmen police attended a school board meeting. Earlier this year, an officer removed a woman during a debate over masks in schools.

There have been other issues involving police in the La Crosse area and across the nation.

In Holmen, the candidates who lost the April 5 race lost by just over 200 votes apiece.

A spokesman from the Holmen School District released a statement ahead of Monday’s meeting that said, in part: “We encourage anyone who hears or sees anything threatening or unusual to report the threat to district administration or local law enforcement.”

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