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Pequot Lakes police, school district investigate knife incident, social media comments deemed threatening

Pequot Lakes Schools close Monday, Dec. 13, over safety threats

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An incident Friday, Dec. 10, where a student brought a Swiss Army knife to the Pequot Lakes Middle School/High School campus parking lot is being investigated, along with social media comments deemed threatening to the school district, according to a joint statement from the Pequot Lakes Police Department and the Pequot Lakes School District released Monday afternoon, Dec. 13.

The school district confirmed Pequot Lakes police officers, in collaboration with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, are investigating reports on social media regarding safety concerns at Pequot Lakes High School.

Because investigations into both incidents are ongoing, the statement said more details couldn't be shared at this time.

The Pequot Lakes School District canceled all classes for preK-grade 12, Kid Konnection child care and all before and after school events, including a school board meeting, on Monday, Dec. 13.

A decision regarding school on Tuesday, Dec. 14, will be communicated to staff and families as soon as possible.

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The joint statement said:

"The Pequot Lakes School District and Pequot Lakes Police Department consider the safety of our community, including students and staff, to be of the utmost importance and will continue to collaborate. We will follow up with our community as soon as more information becomes available."

If anyone has first-hand knowledge of any school safety concerns, they are asked to reach out to the Pequot Lakes Police Department at plpd@pequotlakes-mn.gov or 218-568-8111.

In a letter sent to school district families Monday morning, interim Superintendent Kurt Stumpf said that on Sunday afternoon the district and the police department "received numerous calls and emails" regarding a photo making the rounds on social media of a Pequot Lakes student holding a gun and making threats.

However, Stumpf said that no one reporting the photo claimed to have actually seen the photo.

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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