Spencer and Stratford schools locked down
By Kris Leonhardt
SPENCER – Spencer and Stratford schools were two of four schools locked down by the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department late morning on Oct. 16.
Spencer, Stratford, Athens, and Edgar schools were secured after the department received a complaint of an individual pointing a firearm at a bus driver in the area of Fairview Road and County Rd. P in the town of Cleveland.
Spencer Police Chief Shawn Bauer said that the department was directed to lock the school down as a precaution.
The Marathon County Sheriff’s Office investigated and learned that there was no real danger.
“During the course of our investigation it was learned that a documentary on the town of Wien was being filmed in this area and that the assumed weapon was in fact a microphone on a ‘boom’ or long pole,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “There was no weapon involved.”
The lockdown was lifted at all schools as soon as they were cleared of danger.
According to Stratford School Superintendent Scott Winch, the situation was cleared by law enforcement shortly after noon.