Bond set at $50k for Woodruff teen accused of making terrorist threats

Adam Bauman of Woodruff is accused of threatening Three Lakes and Lakeland High Schools
Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 6:19 PM CDT
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RHINELANDER, Wis. (WSAW)— The Woodruff teenager who made threats against officials at two high schools appeared in Oneida County court Friday afternoon.

Adam Bauman, 18, is being charged with making terrorist threats. During an initial appearance, a judge ordered Bauman to be held on a $50,000 cash bond.

On Tuesday, the Minocqua Police Department received threats against school personnel at both Three Lakes High School and Lakeland High School.

According to court records, on June 7 a woman called Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua to notify school staff she saw a picture of an assault rifle in a message from Bauman on her son’s phone. The son asked if the gun was real and Bauman replied, “Yeah, duh”. Bauman then asked, “What is the old principal’s name?” The son asked to which school principal he was referring. Bauman replied, “Both. I got to find his monkey ass.”

Investigators located Bauman at a home in Woodruff where he was taken into custody. An automatic rifle and a shotgun with various types of ammunition were found at the home as well. Bauman told investigators he bought an automatic rifle on June 7. He told police he bought the guns for hunting coyotes. Police say Bauman admitted to making some “dark comments” about the rifle to a friend but did not recall making a comment about the principals.

According to court documents, investigators looked through Bauman’s phone and found pictures of him holding the automatic rifle. They also found concerning messages from over the last few years where Bauman told others he was researching Columbine. In Bauman’s Snapchat account, police found messages between Bauman and another person where they shared the Buffalo mass shooting video that had been live-streamed by the shooter and made comments about what Wisconsinites would do.

The incident on Tuesday forced the Lakeland Union School District and the Three Lakes School District to close down all buildings and postpone athletic events on Tuesday night as a precaution.

Bauman’s next court appearance is June 13.

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