UPDATE, 11:23 AM:

   A Ripon High School senior appeared in court this morning (Tuesday) to face charges related to allegedly leaving a threatening note in a girls’ bathroom at the high school.

   Cavell has been charged with terrorist threats-evacuate building (a Class I felony) and disorderly conduct (a Class B misdemeanor).

   If convicted of both charges, Cavell could face a maximum penalty of three years, nine months in prison and $11,000 in fines.

   At today’s intake hearing, she appeared via video feed from the Fond du Lac County Jail.

    She’s been in jail since her arrest last week Friday. At the hearing today, the judge agreed to a $1,000 signature bond, with conditions that she not have any firearms or ammunition in her home, and that she not have any contact with Ripon High School or any of the individuals listed on the note.

   Her defense attorney contested the request not to have contact with the high school, suggesting that decision be up to the school district, however the court opted to include the “no contact” request.

   The court, however, was open to revising this prohibition at a later date.

   Cavell is set to appear in court again Friday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

   An 18-year-old Ripon student will appear in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court today (Tuesday) following an alleged threat found in a bathroom last week Wednesday at Ripon High School.

   Lillian Cavell, 18, 932 Watson St., is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. to face two charges: terrorist threats-evacuate building (a Class I felony) and disorderly conduct (a Class B misdemeanor).

   If convicted of both charges, Cavell could face a maximum penalty of three years, nine months in prison and $11,000 in fines.

   According to a criminal complaint filed in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court this morning, a student brought a note to the school resource officer at the high school that had been found in the girls’ bathroom in the STEM wing of the high school over a lunch period.

   The note, which “appeared to be put there on purpose,” said “Gonna f***in kill them,” with the names of 17 students and one teacher below.

   That note led to the school being put on a soft lockdown while the students named were escorted to school offices and allowed to leave for the day.

   An investigation ensued, leading to Cavell’s arrest last week Friday evening.

   She’s been in Fond du Lac County Jail since, and is expected to appear in court today in relation to the two charges filed this morning.

   According to the complaint, Cavell was among the students named, but an investigation by the Ripon Police Department and high school administrators led investigators to believe she was actually the perpetrator.

   In an interview with police, however, Cavell denied that she was involved.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated the note had been written on a bathroom wall; today's criminal complaint clarified that the note was written on a piece of paper. We regret the error, and the story has been updated.


Stay with RiponPress.com for updates, and read a full story on the situation in the Dec. 12, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.