Threats of violence against a south metro school district are under investigation by the Savage Police Department.
The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District alerted Savage PD around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday of a potential threat of violence that was made on social media.
Police later learned that there were two threats of violence from the same social media account.
Both threats were posted around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. The first threat named schools but didn't threaten a date of action, while the second threat didn't name the schools but indicated the violence could be carried out on Wednesday.
School authorities contacted police as soon as they learned of the threats on Wednesday afternoon.
There was extra police presence in the the district on Thursday, namely at elementary and middle schools in Savage, including M.W. Savage, Hidden Valley and Harriot Bishop elementary schools and at Eagle Ridge Middle School, according to the Savage Pacer.
“The Savage Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies take each threat seriously. We investigate and fully analyze each threat to determine its credibility,” said Police Chief Rodney Seurer in a news release.
Threats of violence on social media, in a text message or through email is a federal crime punishable up to five years in prison, in addition to possible state and local charges, the police department noted in the release.
The threats remain under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Pat Miller of the Savage Police Department at 952-882-2618.
Anonymous tips may be submitted through Minnesota Crime Stoppers right here.
Classe were on as normal on Thursday and will be again Friday.