By Raymond Neupert/South Metro Observer

WESTON, Wis. – A threat on social media has prompted heightened security at planned student walkout at D.C. Everest Senior High School.

District officials say they received reports of a threat posted to social media regarding today’s student walkout protesting gun violence and school shootings.

Assistant superintendent Mary Jo Lechner says they are committed to the safety of students.

“Due to the student walkouts planned today, we thought it was best to provide students an option inside the building,” Lechner said.

Students at the school participated Wednesday morning in a silent remembrance of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School school massacre.

Lechner says the district supports their students’ First Amendment rights.

“We want to make sure that all students feel safe and respected as they engage in civic and social discussions,” Lechner said. “If a secondary age student wants to participate in such events, we encourage them to talk with their building principal, counselors and teachers who will work with them.”

Everest Metro Police quickly responded, and found that threat to be unsubstantiated. Department officials were not immediately available for comment.