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MN authorities identify boy in vague northern Minnesota school threat

ST. PAUL - State officials say they know who made a vague threat to northern Minnesota schools, causing dozens to be locked down on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension announced Thursday that agents identified a juvenile who on Wednesday posted a message in an online chat room threatening violence at an unnamed northern Minnesota school.

The BCA says there is no threat to schools. No problems were reported Wednesday as many law enforcement agencies sent officers to guard schools with outside doors locked as a precaution.

The bureau is working with the St. Louis County attorney's office about potential charges.

BCA agents identified a possible address at a in Hoyt Lakes home in St. Louis County. On Wednesday night, BCA agents and officers from the East Range Police Department identified a boy at the home who admitted to making the threat, the bureau reported, adding that investigators determined the juvenile had no access to weapons.

The boy and a parent are cooperating with law enforcement. The boy is not in custody.

The BCA received a report early Wednesday that someone in an online chat said he was considering a violent act against a northern Minnesota school. No other information was available, including what school could be threatened, as the BCA notified law enforcement agencies in the area.

Some law enforcement agencies notified schools, which decided whether to take action. Some schools did nothing, some maintained a higher security status and some had police officers on campus. Many schools were locked down, meaning the outside doors were locked but classes continued as usual.

No incidents were reported.

Schools that took action are located from extreme eastern to extreme western northern Minnesota.

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