Fond du Lac teen convicted in school threat case

Austin Hill (Photo courtesy Fond du Lac Co. Sheriff's Office)

FOND DU LAC (WLUK) – A Fond du Lac High School student who made threats to shoot up the school was convicted Thursday, and sentenced to one year on probation.

Austin Hill, 18, will be able to ask for the conviction to be expunged from his record if successful completes all of the conditions of his sentence, according to Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney.

A 45-day jail term was stayed as a condition of probation. He was in jail for 12 days after he was arrested for the Jan. 11, 2017 incident.

“The work of School Resource Officer Kristina Meilahn and the Fond du Lac Police Department was outstanding in helping ensure the school was safe and secure. The Fond du Lac District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement will continue to take threats to the safety and security of our children seriously. This type of behavior will not be tolerated and can result in a felony conviction and jail time, as happened to Mr. Hill,” Toney said in a statement.

According to the criminal complaint:

• A staff member found a note in the hallway on Jan. 11, labeled "Open at your own risk." Once opened, the note contained racial threats and the line "Going to shoot the school up tomorrow 6th period 12:30."

• Another student identified Hill as the author, who admitted writing it. He wanted to get out of school and did not intend to carry out the threats, the complaint says.

• Hill claimed he didn't mean anything by copying down the rap lyrics with the racial slurs.

"Austin indicated that he felt really bad for the large disturbance this caused and indicated that he would never dream of lying to anyone as he is not a good liar and doesn't typically do things wrong and tries to make good decisions, but this not being one his best decisions he has ever made," the complaint states.

Another student, a juvenile, dropped the note in the hallway. Police said previously he was referred to juvenile authorities.

Hill was 17-years-old when he was arrested. In Wisconsin, criminal cases with 17-year-olds start in adult court.

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