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UPDATE: Central moves football game due to online threat

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Central High School officials are rescheduling Friday night's football game due to an online threat that closed the school earlier in the day. 

The game against Onalaska was set for 7 p.m. at UW-La Crosse's Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.

It's now set for 4:30 p.m. at the same location. 

Homecoming activities, which were already scheduled for Saturday evening, will take place as planned.

Meanwhile, the investigation into the online threat that was made about the school continues by La Crosse Police. As of 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, no one is in custody for the threat, though Captain Jason Melby told WXOW that investigators spoke with several students on Friday. Any possible charges won't likely happen until next week. 

Captain Melby said the department's school resource officer will attend the game as always, but didn't anticipate a heightened police presence at the university. 

The La Crosse School District refused to comment on camera about the situation.  They instead asked media to refer to two previous brief news releases on the incident. 


La Crosse School District release #2:

School District of La Crosse administrators have rescheduled tonight’s football game between Central High School and Onalaska High School. The game was rescheduled due to the ongoing La Crosse Police Department investigation into an online safety threat targeting Central High School.

The game was scheduled for tonight at 7:00 p.m. at UW-L’s Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.

The game has been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, October 8, 2016. The location has not changed. The Central High School homecoming dance, which is scheduled for tomorrow evening, will go on as scheduled.


La Crosse Police are investigating an online threat made to Central High School.

As a result, the La Crosse School District closed the school Friday. Students were released from school around 9:30 a.m.

WXOW received a copy of the threat in a Facebook message from a student who goes to Central.  The student who sent the message did know who sent the original threat message. A La Crosse Police spokesperson said that they are in an active investigation in tracking down the identity of the person who made the threat.

A decision regarding Homecoming activities at Central is expected later Friday afternoon.

Central is scheduled to play Onalaska at UW-La Crosse Friday evening.

WXOW and WXOW.com will continue to update this developing story as more details become available.


News Release from La Crosse School District #1:

The School District of La Crosse and the La Crosse Police Department are actively responding to an online safety threat at Central High School this morning. 

As a result, the decision has been made to dismiss students and close Central High School at 9:30 am Friday. School buses will be available for both riders and walkers . Any parent wanting to pick up her/his student personally is asked to call Central's main office, at 608.789.7900, to provide permission. Additionally, if parents/guardians call with permission, students who normally walk to school will be permitted to walk home. Students are welcome to remain at school until parents/guardians are available.

Central High School administration will be making decisions later in the day about after school activities.

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