St. Francis Area Schools closed for alleged threat

Threat against Crossroads School ends in arrest

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St. Francis Area Schools closed for alleged threat

SFHS Media, Reporter

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This morning parents, employees and students received an automated message from Superintendent Troy Ferguson informing them that school was closed.

“The St. Francis Police Department is continuing to investigate an alleged threat by a secondary-level student in our school district. To ensure the safety of all our students and staff, the decision has been made to cancel school for today, Friday, February 23. All buildings will be closed and staff are directed to stay home,” stated the St. Francis Area Schools Facebook page.

In the most recent update, St. Francis Police have announced that the investigation has concluded in an arrest.

As a result of the investigation, a 17- year- old student has been taken into custody and booked into the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility for a threat of violence against Crossroads School and Vocational Center,” stated the SFPD Facebook page.

They disclosed that the threat was first reported on Thursday, February 22.

This was a verbal threat that was taken seriously by law enforcement and St Francis area schools. The threat was not related to any other previous incidents investigated by the St Francis Police Department. At this time there are no other known threats towards any St Francis Area Schools.

All early childhood programs, community education classes and after-school and evening activities were canceled. Kids Connection and Just 4 Kids were closed as well.

This comes on the heals of an alleged threat last week at SFHS that was found to be non credible. Other Minnesota schools have received similar threats. Yesterday police charged a student from Orono Schools for making threats on social media which caused that district to go on lockdown Wednesday.  Students and schools around the country are on edge after the school shooting in Florida which killed 17 people.

Any updates will be posted to the school district’s website at www.isd15.org and Facebook page @ISD15.

See the recent related story in the video concerning ALICE protocol and the alleged threat from February 15, 2018.

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