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Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore is evacuated Wednesday morning because of a threat. 

For safety, college officials cancelled classes for the day.

The Grant County Sheriff said it started on social media. "It was some threats being made via Facebook via text message," said Sheriff Nate Dreckman.

Authorities said it was a threat directed to a specific person, allegedly sent from William Howell, 42, of Livingston.

"Some threats were made by him to come to campus looking for a specific individual, he thought his estranged wife was having an affair with," added Dreckman.

Authorities said Howell threatened to assault the person who is a Southwest Tech student.

The school was then notified. "At that point as a precautionary measure, if we are feeling there's a direct threat to one student, there's potential it could spill into the community, so at that point we felt being proactive was better that being reactive in this situation."

Their focus was to keep everyone safe.

They said it took a matter of minutes to clear campus grounds -- a school with about 1,500 full-time students.

The college president said he was thankful it wasn't worse. "We judge ourselves on outcomes, and thankfully today, we don't have anything dramatic to report," said Jason Wood, president of Southwest Tech.

Classes will resume Thursday. 

The Grant County Sheriff's Office said they are still investigating the incident.

Howell is charged with disorderly conduct. He's is out of jail on bond. 


UPDATE: Deputies say the man whose alleged threats led to the evacuation of Southwest Technical College (SWTC) in Fennimore, Wisconsin has been released on bond.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office says that William Howell, 42, is facing charges of Disorderly Conduct.
The Sheriff says people believed Howell was going to SWTC to harm a student who he believed was having an affair with his wife, who is also a student at the Technical College.
According to investigators, a man liked pictures of Howell's children on Facebook, and Howell thought that man was having an affair with his estranged wife.
Howell reportedly started messaging his wife, and some messages included threats that he would come to SWTC and assault the man. 
Based on those alleged threats, those at the school decided to close the campus and send students home. Howell was taken into custody at his home in Livingston; deputies say he was never on the SWTC campus.
He bonded out of the Grant County Jail later in the day on Wednesday.


UPDATE: The Grant County sheriff says the threat on the campus of Southwest Wisconsin Technical College this morning was made to a specific individual through social media and text messages. The sheriff also says the suspect "thought" the recipient of the threats attended the school, and believed that person was having relations with his estranged wife.

William Howell is in custody in the Grant County Jail on a charge of Disorderly Conduct.


UPDATE:  Southwest Tech says a suspect has been taken into custody after a threat this morning.

Officials tell us a man named William Howell is in custody.

The college in Fennimore, Wisconsin was evacuated after it learned of a threat to campus safety.

The campus will remain closed today, but plans to reopen tomorrow.


Original Story:

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, Wis. was evacuated this morning after they were notified of a "direct threat to campus safety", according to an email from a college spokesperson.

School officials immediately closed the campus around 8 a.m., and evacuated all students, staff and visitors.

The school said they will provide more information on their Facebook page and website as it becomes available.

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