The Duluth Police Department and Duluth school district reported Monday that they identified a student who allegedly made a threat to Denfeld High School that caused an increased police presence at the school.
“At this time, the DPD and Duluth school district feel confident that there was no intent to carry out this threat, and that our school is safe and secure,” the district said in a statement on Monday morning.
The student will face discipline due to “the disruptive nature of the statement and the concern it caused our school and community,” the district stated. Duluth police said they’ll forward the case to the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office for a possible juvenile charge of threats of violence.
Duluth police had an increased presence at Denfeld on Monday after police became aware of Snapchat posts about a rumor of a shooting at Denfeld on Monday. Duluth police said investigators interviewed students, including one who said they overheard another student make the threat at school on Friday. Police and district administrators were reviewing videotape from Friday to identify students who might have information about what was said and posted.
The school district thanked Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken and Denfeld families and staff for working together to investigate the situation.
“Please know that making threats against a school, even if no real harm was intended, is not a joke - it’s a serious violation of the law and school property,” the district said in a statement.