UPDATE: 30 students involved in incident at Lincoln Hills-Copper Lake School

Law enforcement was called to the school Saturday night
Published: Aug. 1, 2020 at 8:35 PM CDT
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LINCOLN COUNTY, Wis. (WSAW) - Law enforcement was called to Lincoln Hills School Saturday night after youth broke out of their housing units.

According to a statement from Director of Communications for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections John Beard, the youth never left the premises, but they caused some damage, breaking some windows. At least one student had to be treated for cuts from broken glass.

“School staff called local law enforcement as a precaution to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Beard.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the incident involved 30 students. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Merrill Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol responded. Buildings were damaged after several students filled socks with rocks and were making threats. In total, 15 law enforcement officers responded to the incident, ten of them from the sheriff’s office. Most law enforcement units cleared the scene with an hour, with three staying until resources from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections arrived.

There were no known serious injuries to staff members. It is not clear what prompted the actions of the youth, according to Beard.

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