Simley homecoming dance shut down early due to 'perceived threat of a weapon'

It was homecoming weekend for Simley High School.

The homecoming dance at Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights ended early Saturday night after police received word of an apparent threat. 

Authorities decided to err on the side of caution after Inver Grove Heights Police Department "received information of a perceived threat of a weapon" at the dance, according to police. 

A school resource officer wasn't able to substantiate the potential threat, but the matter was taken "very seriously" so they called off the homecoming festivities early "in the best interest of safety." 

According to the school's website, the dance was scheduled to take place from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.

It is not clear how far along the party was before it was shut down early, nor is it clear how many students and faculty attended the dance. 

Tickets to the dance were $10 in advance or $15 at the door. 

Inver Grove Heights Police Department is working with Simley High School officials in a continued investigation into the matter. 

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