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Middle school reacts to threat
JUNE 6, 2011
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School to enact safety measures on last day of school

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

DASSEL-COKATO, MN – Letters were sent home to parents last week informing them of a threat found by a teacher in a middle school bathroom the week prior, and safety measures the schools will take as a result.

The the threat was a sentence written in pencil, which read: “There will be a shooting Monday last day of school.”

“We don’t believe this is anything to worry about,” said Superintendent Jeff Powers.

“But because we couldn’t figure out who did it, we need to take precautions,” he said, adding that the threat was investigated by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office and the author has yet to be determined.

Therefore, Monday, June 6, the middle school and high school complex will be limited to three entrances in the morning – the main high school entrance, the main middle school entrance, and the performing arts center’s bus entrance. During school hours, only the two main entrances will be open. Also, students will not be allowed to enter the building before 7:15 a.m.

In addition, school staff and members of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office will be checking students and bags as they enter the building.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office will have a continued presence in the building throughout the day.

Otherwise, the school day will resume as scheduled, including various field trips.

Though it’s believed to be only a prank, “we can’t rule out any possibility,” Powers said, adding that, in today’s world, if there is any kind of threat, “we’re going to react to it.”

The letter to parents also stated that, “Perpetrators, if caught, will be dealt with both by authorities and our school board, and a reward of $50.00 will be paid for any information leading to the conviction of any students who make this type of threat.”

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