February 21, 2018 05:41 PM
Orono schools are on lockdown Wednesday following a social media post threatening gun violence that would occur at noon Wednesday, according to Orono police. The school district announced someone has been arrested in connection with the threat that led to the lockdown.
The district said at 3:15 p.m. it will dismiss elementary school students starting at 3:45 p.m. It tweeted that the students "are safe and being fed." The secondary students are scheduled to be released at 4:35 p.m. to parents. Buses should arrive at 5 p.m.
All after school activities have been canceled.
LOCKDOWN UPDATE #6— Orono Public Schools (@OronoSchools) February 21, 2018
All students are safe and remain in lockdown. Schumann and OIS will be dismissed at:
3:45 p.m. - K-5 bus dismissal
4:00 p.m. - K-5 parent pickup dismissal
See email for specific pickup directions.
OMS and OHS remain locked down. Their dismissal time TBA.
The district confirmed all schools are on lockdown, saying students are safe and parents should not go to the schools.
The police department said in a release it received two threats through social media, one that was vague and another that "was a direct threat of gun violence at the Orono Schools." It said police have requested help from Hennepin County and the FBI.
The police department said there was no indication of how long the lockdown might last. Old Crystal Bay Road has been closed off, police said.
ALL Orono Schools locked down at 11:15am today under advisement of @PoliceOrono. ALL STUDENTS ARE SAFE.— Orono Public Schools (@OronoSchools) February 21, 2018
This is a new threat not connected to previous communications. Threat is not specific to 1 school. There is a threat, NOT AN INTRUDER.
Parents are asked to not come on campus pic.twitter.com/eO7jESWJyf
The district had said earlier Wednesday that a separate concerning social media post Tuesday night was investigated and determined to not be a threat. Police and the district said the threats are not connected.
The district said it would provide updates every 15 minutes during the lockdown.
No further details were immediately available. Stay tuned to KSTP.com and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for updates.
Updated: February 21, 2018 05:41 PM
Created: February 21, 2018 11:43 AM
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