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Pequot Lakes School classes to resume Tuesday after threats deemed not credible

After Pequot Lakes Schools closed on Monday, Dec. 13, over safety threats, classes will resume Tuesday with a two-hour delay

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Classes at Pequot Lakes Schools will resume as planned Tuesday, Dec. 14 — albeit with a two-hour delay — after perceived threats against the district were deemed not to be credible by administrators, the Pequot Lakes Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The investigation into a student bringing a knife to the high school parking lot on Friday, Dec. 10, concluded and will be turned over to the Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office for further review.

Interim Superintendent Kurt Stumpf and Pequot Lakes Police Chief Eric Klang said in a news release that the school district is considering this a serious matter and will apply the district's weapons policy to its fullest extent.

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The investigation also found the social media picture regarding a threat to school administration — a source of numerous phone calls to the district and police department — has been circulating for more than five weeks. The police department is currently working to process social media records with the assistance of the BCA to determine the source of the picture, which may take several weeks.

Police determined there is no credible threat.

All additional threats via social media, which have been reported to authorities, have been investigated and thoroughly vetted, the news release said. More than 30 students were interviewed during the investigation and no evidence of any threats were verified.

With classes resuming two hours late on Tuesday, there will be no early childhood morning classes or morning Kid Konnection.

The two-hour delay is intended to give staff time to meet and prepare for students. Additional officers will be on-site both at the high school/middle school campus and at Eagle View Elementary School.

"While we know this situation has created some anxiety for students, staff and community members, the Pequot Lakes Police Department has determined there is no credible threat," the news release said.

Parents are urged to contact the district if their child intends to stay home from class for any reason.

All classes for preK-grade 12, Kid Konnection child care and all before and after school events, including a school board meeting, were canceled Monday, Dec. 13.

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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