By Shereen Siewert
TOWN OF CLEVELAND — A report of a man pointing a gun at a school bus driver in Marathon County that prompted school lockdowns and a massive police response is being blamed on a filmmaker creating a documentary, police said.
Police at 11:14 a.m. were alerted to the area of Fairview Drive and CTH P in the town of Cleveland after a witness saw what looked like a firearm being pointed at a school bus driver, said Marathon County Chief Deputy Chad Billeb. Seven Marathon County squad cars immediately responded, along with units from Athens, Edgar, Stratford and Spencer. Schools in at least four nearby districts went on lockdown while the report was investigated, Billeb said.
But when police arrived, they found a group of filmmakers from Mischief Films working on a documentary. The “weapon” reported was actually a microphone boom and there were no firearms being used, Billeb said.
“There was no emergency,” Billeb said. “Someone was just filming a documentary and it wound up creating a mess.”
Schools were given the all clear just before noon.