Teen charged for Fond du Lac High School threat
FOND DU LAC (WLUK) - A Fond du Lac High School teen was charged Tuesday with making a terrorist threat for allegedly writing a threatening note laced with racial slurs.
Austin Hill, 17, made an initial appearance Tuesday. Bond was set at $2,000 cash, and he returns to court Jan. 26 for a preliminary hearing.
In Wisconsin, 17-year-olds are automatically charged in adult court.
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.