EXCLUSIVE: Violent Threats Made in Wake of Wausau Music Controversy

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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One caller said “The KKK was created for a reason”, and went on to reference the fact that Williams has a large number of trees near her home.

The Wausau School District, and Superintendent Kathleen Williams have received numerous threatening calls, and at least one threatening email, since the religious music controversy that erupted into a National debate last month, NewsChannel 7 has learned.

Dr. Williams tells NewsChannel 7 she has received numerous threatening emails at her home, including one caller who said “The KKK was created for a reason”, and went on to reference the fact that Williams has a large number of trees near her home.

Dr. Williams' Administrative Assistant, Cassie Peck, logged 65 phone calls regarding the music controversy in the weeks after October 5th, when the issue was first reported on. Dr. Williams says a number of those calls were threatening, with two in particular that included “extreme and threatening” language. Peck says one caller called her multiple obscene names, and said he would “find her” when she told him she'd hang up the call.

One email that was received in the District's general email mailbag was not directed toward any one individual, but said, “I wish for you some [sic] finds each of you and beats the ---- out of you. I hope you [sic] family gets rapped [sic] and injured.” It goes on to read, “I hope you all have a very painful death”. That email can be found attached below.

Peck tells us the threatening communications were immediately communicated to the School District's attorney, Frank Sutherland. However, they had not been brought to the attention of Police as of Friday afternoon. Jeff Gress, the Wausau School District's HR Administrator, also had not been notified of any of the threats, but was following up after a call from NewsChannel 7. Peck says she's not certain whether Police will be contacted, but she's hoping the threatening calls are behind them.

Williams says the threats have made her uneasy, but she's carrying on her normal routine.

Stay with NewsChannel 7 for the latest on this developing story.


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