Elk River High School Student Arrested for Threat Day after Orono Arrest

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February 22, 2018 04:59 PM

A 14-year-old was arrested Thursday and remains in custody after posting a threat on a social media account, according to Elk River police.

Authorities were alerted to the threatening post at 11:15 a.m., which is different to an earlier social media post at 8 a.m. that the district and law enforcement investigated and found not credible. 


The student is being held pending a court appearance, and police shared in a Facebook post, "It was found there were no viable means for the student to carry out the written threat."  

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In a letter to Elk River High School parents addressing both posts, Principal Terry Bizal wrote, "Upon receiving reports from students about both media posts, school officials took immediate action, and worked collaboratively with local law enforcement to investigate and address the situations. Throughout this time, students remained safe and instruction continued in classrooms as scheduled."

Bizal encouraged parents to call him and noted safety is a priority, adding "throughout this time, students remained safe and instruction continued as scheduled." 

Schools across the state dealt with social media threats Thursday, one day after a juvenile in Orono was arrested and is being held relating to a social media threat that triggered a five-hour, district-wide lockdown. 

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Hill City canceled classes Thursday due to threats sent to students on social media. 

The St. Paul Police Department confirmed Cretin-Durham Hall reported a potential threat on social media late Wednesday night. After investigation, the threat was deemed not credible or valid, police said. 

"We are working with the school and are providing extra patrols today to assure the staff and students a safe environment," St. Paul police said in a statement. "No arrests have been made and the school is now handling the matter internally." 

Orono schools resumed classes on Thursday. Police also announced a second juvenile who was being questioned in the case was cleared in Wednesday's incident. 

RELATED: Orono District Under Tight Security as Students Return Following Lockdown

Hubbard-owned KAAL reports Riceville Community School District in Iowa closed classes due to a threat from a former students Thursday.

In Wisconsin, a student in Madison was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun to school.

La Follette High School Principal Sean Storch said in an email to parents that after officials learned the student possibly had a gun on Wednesday, the educational resource officer confronted the teen who initially resisted being taken into custody.

The threats come one week after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students were killed at a high school. The incident has caused marches and demonstrations by students across the country.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump met with families and victims of school shootings.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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