Edina police arrest 17-year-old boy for school threat
UPDATE: Edina police say they have made an arrest in their investigation involving a threat made Thursday evening involving Edina High School.
Early Friday afternoon, police announced they had arrested a 17-year-old boy in Minneapolis for the threat. The boy is being held at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center.
Police say the teen was identified overnight after they worked with the Minneapolis Police Department, as well as the FBI.
The boy was arrested on the 1500 block of East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.
He isn’t a student at Edina High School, and never has been, according to police.
The teen, according to police, allegedly made the threat during school hours on Thursday outside of the high school, located on Valley View Road. It was reported to police around 8 p.m. Officers were told the teen took a video of himself on Snapchat, which showed him in the school’s parking lot with a semi-automatic handgun and an extended magazine in his lap, police add.
The video’s caption allegedly said, “Come outside, b****”, and the doors of the school were shown at the end of the video. He then left the school’s property.
Classes at the high school, as well as Valley View Middle School, were moved online as a precaution Friday.
The closures at the two schools impacted 4,000 students, according to the district superintendent.
Edina Police Department will have extra officers present at the schools on Monday, to help ease the concerns of students.
Edina Public Schools also still has school resource officers.
Police are still investigating who may have been the target of the Snapchat video.
They plan to request felony charges for the teenage suspect, including ‘threats of violence’ and ‘carrying a firearm on school property.’
The final charging decisions will be made by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
A previous version of this story can be found below.
INITIAL REPORT: An investigation is underway Friday after Edina school officials say a person who had a weapon made a credible threat at the Edina High School campus on Thursday night.
According to a letter sent to families and staff at Edina High and Valley View Middle Schools, the threat was not made inside the building.
The letter goes on to say police investigated the threat overnight, and they are working on leads. Classes for both schools have been moved online out of caution.
No word on what the threat was, or what kind of weapon the person had. A description of the suspect hasn’t been released.
Additional details are expected to be released to families and staff sometime Friday morning.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has asked the school and police for additional details on the investigation and will update this article when information becomes available.