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Update: Bomb threat suspect arrested

Police blocked off the entrances to River Falls High School late Friday morning, Feb. 28, as authorities searched the building after a bomb threat was phoned in earlier Friday morning.

A 17-year-old River Falls High School student was arrested this morning, March 3, for allegedly calling in a bomb threat that forced the high school to be evacuated Friday morning, Feb. 28. 

According to River Falls Police Sgt. Jeff Sather, police picked up Kyle R. Schultz at his River Falls home this morning. Schultz had called in sick from school.

Schultz was taken to the River Falls Police Department where he was questioned. He allegedly confessed to calling in the bomb threat. He allegedly used another student's cell phone to make the call. Surveillance video at the school was crucial in identifying Schultz as a suspect.

Schultz was taken to Pierce County Jail. He is being charged with a felony. As he is 17, he will be charged as an adult.

An anonymous bomb threat call was made to the high school around 10 a.m. Friday. 

River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque said all the students and staff were safely evacuated across the street where they stayed inside The Wildcat Centre hockey rink. 

River Falls School District Superintendent Jamie Benson said the other schools in the district were not affected by the bomb threat.

According to a message sent to parents from Benson, all students were safely returned to the high school early Friday afternoon. The message said police officers, administrators and staff searched the high school building and determined it was safe.

"We want to reassure parents that their children's safety is always our number one priority," Benson said in a telephone interview later Friday afternoon.

Benson said the district is very appreciative of the support it received from local and county police agencies. 

"And the response of our students today was incredible," Benson said. "We handled it extremely well, I believe because of how everybody worked together today, including the students...and the staff," Benson said. 

For more information, please see the March 6 print edition of the River Falls Journal.