HARTLAND — Hartland South Elementary School was on lockdown Tuesday around 2:30 p.m. after a lifethreatening critical incident was reported in the 600 block of Ridgeway Place.
An initial investigation found that the incident appeared to be a false report, according to a Hartland Police Department press release. Hartland Police Chief Torin Misko said the school was on lockdown as a safety precaution and the community is not in danger as a result of the incident.
Misko also said a lot of resources went into the investigation and call, which involved the Hartland Fire Department, police departments from two neighboring municipalities and the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.
Flight for Life was also put on standby, but their services were not utilized during the incident, according to Waukesha County scanner traffic. “My hope is that we’re going to bring people to justice for making this false report here,” said Misko.
Misko also had words for the person or people who falsely reported the incident. “I would rethink your choices,” Misko said. “We’ll definitely investigate it and prosecute it to the fullest extent.” Village Administrator Dave Cox said there was “some banter” that the concept of “swatting” may have prompted what occurred on Ridgeway Place.
Swatting is the criminal tactic of deceiving an emergency service into sending a police and emergency service response team to another person’s address. The term is derived from Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT. When asked about what role swatting had in the incident, Misko said he did not want to go into details as the incident remains under investigation.