Fennimore School District officials say
they reacted with safety in mind when
they contacted local police, about an
“unidentified man” walking around
for close to 10-minutes in the high school
building on Tuesday. The incident
happened after students had been
released early because of teacher
inservice. School Administration says
no one has been injured
or was threatened by the man when
he was in the building.
That unidentified man turned out to
be Mark J. Verhagen of Mukwonago.
Verhagen was later
taken into custody in Monroe County
on a disorderly conduct charge.
Similar to his appearance in Fennimore,
authorities there say he’s been cited
because he was loitering at
Monroe County businesses and
was acting strangely.
Fennimore Schools District
Administrator Jamie Nutter, says
two teachers asked Verhagen if he
needed help. Verhagen told them he
was there for a meeting. After being
asked what the meeting was, Verhagen
told the teachers he must be
in the wrong place, and he then went
toward the school office. He eventually
left and went out to his car and
Jamie Nutter says because of the situation,
the school district will be taking short
term measures to ensure the safety
of the school. That will include
locking the front doors to the
high school during the school day.
They had been left unlocked
in the past, but were the
only doors left unlocked. A buzzer
system will also be installed for people
to sound when they come to the school.
In addition, someone will be
monitoring the front doors to
welcome visitors to the building,
and to direct them to the office.
Nutter says long-term security
measures will be made in the future.
By the way, at a recent Fennimore
School Board meeting, strategic
planning was discussed, and a
top priority established by the
board was school security.