Police: Student arrested after making threat on Snapchat

One Twitter user says the threat referenced a shooting.
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A Minnetonka High School student has been arrested after police say he posted a threat directed towards the school on Snapchat.

The "threatening messages and images" mentioned the high school and were posted to Snapchat Monday night, Principal Jeff Erickson said in a letter to parents.

Minnetonka police were notified about the threat at 9:43 p.m. Monday, and at 5 a.m. Tuesday they arrested a 17-year-old Minnetonka High School student who they say admitted to sending the Snap, according to an email news release from the City of Minnetonka.

The city says the investigation is still active, but notes the student "had no intention of following through on the threat."

In a statement to GoMN, the school said the threat was aimed at staff and students, but didn't elaborate. A tweet about the threat said someone "threatened to shoot up Minnetonka" using the Minnetonka Snapchat geofilter.

Minnetonka High School is open Tuesday, with finals scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. In his letter, Erickson wrote he knows the incident has caused anxiety and concern, so if a student can't take their final they should contact their counselor.

The school says it takes threats seriously, and has made counselors available to meet with students. There will also be additional security in the building, according to the school's statement.

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