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A 17-year-old Rush City High School junior was arrested after he threatened a female student and his school on Monday, KSTP reports.

The student threatened to "shoot up and bomb" the school roughly 60 miles north of the Twin Cities, according to the Chisago County Sheriff's Office, KSTP said. But the Chisago County Sheriff's Department determined no credible threat existed, school officials said.

Superintendent Vern Koepp posted a message to parents on the school website, noting: "Because investigations by school administration and the Sheriff's department both concluded that a threat to student safety did not exist, we did not inform parents immediately. After school, dramatized stories began to circulate via social media."

Koepp said he understood why parents were sensitive to such news in the wake of the shooting Friday at a Connecticut elementary school. He stressed, "Student and staff safety is our first priority, we take these matters very seriously, we work through safety concerns carefully, and we are confident our schools are safe."

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