Pequot Lakes schools return to normal after perceived threats

Classes at Pequot Lakes schools resumed on Tuesday, Dec. 14 – but with a two-hour delay – after perceived threats against the district were deemed not credible by administrators, the Pequot Lakes Police Department and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The district canceled classes on Monday, December 13, after the district received a number of calls regarding an alleged social media photo of a Pequot Lakes student holding a gun and making threats. An investigation by the Pequot Lakes Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension found the photo was at least five weeks old and there was no evidence of a credible threat to the district.

“The attendance rate at Eagle View Elementary School was around 90% on Tuesday, which is typical,” Acting Superintendent Kurt Stumpf and Police Chief Eric Klang said. “The attendance rate for middle and high school students was around 82%, which is a little less than normal. There was a continuous police presence throughout the school day to provide an added sense of security. “

An investigation into a student bringing a Swiss Army Knife into the high school parking lot on Friday, December 10 has also ended and will be turned over to the Crow Wing County District Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

All additional threats via social media, which have been reported to authorities, have been investigated and further investigated, according to a joint statement. More than 30 students were questioned during the investigation and no evidence of threats was verified.

“Because people have different life experiences, the situation our school community just went through affects us differently,” the joint statement read. “Students and staff report being in different locations to work on recent events, but are generally happy to be back. The school district will continue to support students and staff in dealing with this event. “

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