Schools in South St. Paul close after police receive word of potential shooting threat

Schools were closed out of an abundance of caution.
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Public schools in South St. Paul called off classes Wednesday because of a potential threat. 

South St. Paul Public Schools canceled classes just before 8 a.m. after a phone call was made to the South St. Paul Police Department "indicating a threat against one of the district's elementary schools." 

It's not clear if the threat was credible – and an investigation is ongoing – but school officials "made the decision to cancel school for today out of an abundance of caution." 

South St. Paul Police Department says it received information at 4:30 a.m. from a known individual who was warning "that a shooting was planned by unknown actors." 

Police located the caller around 9 a.m. and found the person to be in an "apparent mental health crisis." The person still believed the threat to be credible, but police found no such evidence and transported the person to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

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