Duluth's East High School locked down due to alleged bomb threat

The lockdown was lifted at 2:55 p.m. after an investigation determined the threat wasn't credible.

Aerial view of East High School in Duluth
Duluth Public Schools' East High School on July 1, 2021.
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DULUTH — East High School was put on lockdown Tuesday afternoon due to an anonymous tip of an alleged bomb threat received on the Duluth Police Department tip line.

According to Superintendent John Magas, the call to the tip line was received around 2:05 p.m. and East was put on lockdown immediately. Police officers and a K-9 searched the building, a news release said. The Duluth Fire Department also responded.

“When threats, whether vague or specific, are made, they are fully investigated and we quickly prepare to address any safety needs that may arise," East Principal Danette Seboe said in a news release.

The lockdown was lifted at 2:55 p.m. after an investigation determined the threat wasn't credible, a news release said. Students were encouraged to move to their sixth-period class and teachers offered some time to debrief as needed.

District counselors and social workers are available to offer support to any students in need. Officers remained at the building until the end of the day as a security precaution.


“The safety and emotional well-being of our students and staff is our top priority," Magas said. “We want to thank the Duluth Police Department and Duluth Fire Department, as well as the students, staff and administration of East High School for their swift response and support.”

The incident remains under investigation by the police department.

This story was updated at 5:32 p.m. Jan. 11 with additional information about the threat. It was originally posted at 3:37 p.m. Jan. 11.

Adelle Whitefoot is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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