The Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park was among the dozens of Jewish centers targeted with a bomb threat Wednesday – and this image shows the fear the threat created.
The photo, posted on Facebook by Angie Arnold, shows four infant cribs together in an icy parking lot. Arnold explained the cribs held 18 babies, as staff got them out of the building as quickly as possible so they could be driven to safety.
"When the staff came back to the building after the all clear, it made my heart stop to see these cribs sitting in the empty parking lot," Arnold wrote. "How do people make threats like this on buildings full of innocent children? I'm praying for our country tonight and our children."
You see a lot of pictures in the news from incidents of bomb threats and other horrible events, but I feel this picture...
Posted by Angie Arnold on Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Her post and picture has so far been shared more than 1,100 times as of 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
The center – which includes a daycare, school and other facilities – was evacuated after a threat called in by phone Wednesday morning, with police and bomb-sniffing dogs called to the scene.
Federal authorities have been notified about the threat, with Forward.com reporting that bomb threats were made towards 25 JCCs across the U.S., including in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts and Maine.
Among the parents of children who attend the JCC is Minnesota's Secretary of State Steve Simon, who has been tweeting about the bomb hoax.