Skip to main content

Richfield High School classes have been canceled Friday due to a social media threat targeting the school.  

According to the Richfield Police Department, the school principal alerted police around 6:30 a.m. Friday after becoming aware of a photo circulating online depicting a Richfield High School student wearing school clothing holding a gun with the caption, "we're on our way." 

Investigators say the 17-year-old student depicted in the social media post came forward Friday morning and said the picture was taken in March with a replica firearm. 

Someone else, police are told, added the caption and distributed the photo on social media. 

In an email to families, Richfield Public Schools officials said the threat is not believed to be credible and the decision to cancel class was made "out of caution." 

"We take all threats seriously, even those considered a prank," the district stated. "We intend to maintain an orderly environment at RHS, and the District will pursue disciplinary and legal action against any student or person involved in these types of incidents." 

District officials said they were also aware of a nationally-circulated threat on Thursday targeting schools named "RHS."

It comes just days after the mass shooting that claimed the life of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas.

It's a common phenomenon in America that school shootings prompt a flurry of copycat threats in the days and weeks that follow, which are typically not found to be credible.

The Richfield Police Department said the incident remains under investigation but investigators do not believe there are any additional risks or concerns to the community. 

The replica firearm has been taken into police custody with the family's permission. 

Next Up


Minneapolis: Stop calling 911 for fireworks noise complaints

The city wants people to submit complaints online instead.

American flag at half-staff/half mast.

What's open and closed in Minnesota on the Fourth of July

Grocery stores are open, though some have limited hours.


18-year-old killed by exploding firework in Brooklyn Park

Police arrived at the scene to see the victim's friend performing CPR.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 9.31.25 PM

Boy found in Brooklyn Park is reunited with parents

The boy was found shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday.

police tape, crime scene

1 dead, 1 arrested after shooting involving teens in Duluth

A 17-year-old was arrested around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Neither the victim nor the suspect has been identified.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 1.03.19 PM

NASCAR driver joins MN boy in reclaiming 'Let's go Brandon' slogan

Brandon Brundidge gained recognition when his mother shared the story of how he found inspiration in "Let's go Brandon" signs.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 10.20.27 AM

White supremacist propaganda flyers distributed in Cottage Grove

The department said the flyers have been left in driveways throughout the city.

Screen Shot 2022-07-04 at 7.18.23 AM

Search for 6-year-old girl continues after mother found dead in Northfield

"Police have reason to believe Wade may have been involved in Elle's disappearance before taking her own life."

Pixabay - jet skis resting

Jet skier injured in explosion on Minnesota lake

The explosion happened on Little Lake 14 in St. Louis County.

Krisit Noem

Kristi Noem's response to 10-year-old Ohio girl pregnant after being raped

Abortion is illegal in South Dakota unless the mother's life is in danger.

police lights

Sheriff: Deputy shoots gun-wielding man in western Wisconsin

One deputy fired on the man, striking him in an unknown area of his body.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 7.28.32 AM

Man found dead in 26 inches of water in Le Sueur County

The 45-year-old was found in near the shoreline on Lake Washington.


Waseca Public Schools

Students evacuated after bomb threat at school in Waseca

Police say the credibility of the threat is undetermined.

Lakeville South High

Some Minnesota schools closed Friday after nationwide TikTok threat

The department of education has alerted districts statewide about the social media threat.

Image from iOS (2)

Breaking: 1 student dead, 1 critical after shooting at Richfield school

Police said they were shot on the sidewalk just outside the school.

duluth police

Threat forces Duluth school into lockdown

Police K9s searched the school before it was given the all clear.

Pixabay - school - classroom

Police investigating threats of violence at North St. Paul school

There were two threats made on consecutive days last week.

burnsville high school

Weapons threat that locked down Burnsville HS was a 'prank'

Two minors, one from out of state, are believed to be behind the false report.