For nearly four days in November, Waupun residents endured a rash of bomb threats phoned into nine businesses, the high school, public library, and hospital.
The bomb threats that started off as a joke by suspect Aaron Schreiber, soon became no laughing matter for the community. Residents were afraid to leave their homes not knowing if the threats were real and several businesses were shut down for periods of time while the threats were being investigated to ensure residents were safe.
A sense of unease spread through the community and the school district allowed parents to keep their children from going to school. Once the caller targeted the school, more than 700 students had already opted to stay home.
Suspect Aaron Schreiber told police that he phoned the first bomc threat in to his former employer, Culver’s restaurant of Waupun, on November 10th as “just a joke”. The joke was carried too far when the last of the bomb threats were called in to the Fond du Lac County Communications Center indicating that not only was there a bomb planted at Waupun Memorial Hospital, but he that he also had a weapon and would be taking hostages. Fortunately, phone technology showed the man was no where near the hospital and Schreiber was taken into custody later in the day.
Court officials await the outcome of a competency evaluation and the case is currently suspended.