St. Paul school locked down for gun threats twice in one day
ST. PAUL — North St. Paul’s high school was locked down twice Thursday, Jan. 10 — first over a report of a student with a handgun and later when a student posted a threat on social media, according to police.
In the first case, police found two students at North High School with a replica firearm who were using it for “threatening-type behavior to other students,” said Capt. Dustin Nikituk, North St. Paul police spokesman.
“You would have never known it was a fake gun until really close inspection,” he said, adding the students, both male, were arrested and will face charges.
Police were called back to the school after a student posted a threat saying another gun was left in the school; it was “a school shooting-type threat,” Nikituk said.
Police found the student and determined the Instagram post was a hoax. The student was turned over to school staff.
"We are very, very fortunate that we were able to resolve the situation quickly and everyone was safe and school resumed normal business,” Nikituk said.