Ripon Area School District families were notified this afternoon that a student in a Ripon High School bathroom earlier today had discovered a list threatening 17 students.

     The district message, sent via Infinite Campus, did not specify the nature of the threat.

     Because the person who created the list was not known, Ripon High and Ripon Middle schools went into “soft lockdown” and administrators contacted the Ripon Police Department. In a soft lockdown, students remain in their classrooms and continue to be taught.

     Police officers and school officials escorted students named in the list to a secure room, where they individually contacted their parents with school officials present. Two of the students were off campus so police and school staff traveled to their sites to ensure their safety and have them contact their parents. 

     Once the students named in the list were located and moved, the soft lockdown was lifted.     

     Students in the list of 17 names were either picked up by their parents or if given permission by their parents, were escorted by police to their vehicles.

     Ripon Police Chief Bill Wallner confirmed that no one has been arrested for creating the list.

     School will be in session on Thursday, Dec. 5 for all students in the Ripon Area School District.

     The district will continue to work with Ripon Police to ensure the safety of students district-wide. Anyone with information regarding this situation is encouraged to contact the City of Ripon Police Department or Ripon High School officials.

     The district will continue to update parents via Infinite Campus Messenger as information becomes available.