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Wisconsin Hostages

Wisconsin Hostages - A handgun-toting student released five hostages Monday night, but still held 18 and a female teacher inside a room at a northeast Wisconsin high school, police said.

The young male took over the classroom sometime near the end of the school day Monday, preventing anyone from leaving and eventually communicating with police through a teacher, Marinette Police Chief Jeffrey Skorik told reporters.

The chief announced shortly before 8 p.m. (9 p.m. ET) Monday, with word that five hostages had been released.

Refuting rumors circulating on social media sites, Skorik said authorities did not believe anyone had been hurt thus far at Marinette High School or that any shots had been fired.
The chief said that the student had no previous run-ins with the law, adding that it wasn't clear why he took hostages.

The incident riled residents of the Wisconsin city of about 11,600 residents, which borders Lake Michigan.

A school administrator called police at 3:48 p.m. (4:48 p.m. ET) Monday, after most students had left for the day, reporting that an armed student had gone into a classroom and taken those inside hostage.

Bradley Behrendt, a city councilor, told CNN that he was two blocks from the school when about 15 police squad cars pull up and several officers come out, with their vests on and holding guns as they entered the school.

Wisconsin Hostages

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