West Middleton Parent Is Arrested For Making Threats: Woman Allegedly Mentioned Sandy Hook Shooting

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Matt Geiger
Andrea Holmes

A Madison woman is in custody after allegedly making threats against West Middleton Elementary School.

Andrea Holmes, age 31, was arrested by Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputies Tuesday and is currently awaiting court appearances for disorderly conduct and a harassment restraining order.

A correspondence sent to parents and guardians by the school district said Holmes, the parent of a child at the school, made “serious threats” when she became agitated during a phone conversation with West Middleton principal Todd Macklem.

Macklem told authorities Holmes made reference to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. 

Dane County deputies and Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District superintendent Don Johnson met at the school to discuss the incident shortly after it occured. After deputies contacted Holmes to discuss her statements, they made a decision to arrest her.

In the email to parents and guardians, Johnson said there are “significant questions regarding Ms. Holmes’ ability or commitment to carry out her threat." 

Children at the school were kept inside during recess throughout the remainder of the day on which the incident occurred. However, no other part of the school day was disrupted for any students, according to Johnson and Macklem.

A temporary restraining order granted by the Dane County Circuit Court orders Holmes to have no contact with any district staff physically, on the telephone or in any other form. The order also prohibits her from coming within 1,000 feet of West Middleton or any other district facility, event or activity. 

Holmes’ court appearance for disturbing the peace is expected to take place tomorrow or Monday, according to sources close to the case. Online Wisconsin Court System records show her appearance for a harassment restraining order is scheduled for April 24.

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