Cloquet Student Arrested After Posting via Social Media Alleged Threat to School

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: March 07, 2018 07:27 PM

CLOQUET- Cloquet Police detained an 11-year-old girl who allegedly threatened the Cloquet School District via social media on Tuesday.

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The Cloquet student was arrested at her home and taken to Arrowhead Juvenile Center on a charge of threats of violence.

The student had referenced the violent threat to Cloquet Middle School and Cloquet High School via Snapchat. The posting showed a gun followed by threatening comments.

The gun ended up being an airsoft pistol that police seized at the girl's home. Police were able to locate the student within 30 minutes after they were informed of the alleged threat.

The Cloquet School District has zero-tolerance on any type of threat. Ken Scarbrough, the superintendent of the Cloquet School District, said they work closely with law enforcement to keep everyone safe.

"If somebody is troubled to the point where they're making that kind of threat on the media, we need to provide consequences. We also need to provide support for these students. Saying something will be a first step in providing that support," Scarbrough said.

Scarbrough said the district has a school resource officer working at the school every day.

When threats are made, the school district alerts police immediately. From there, they implement a threat assessment and determine the nature of the threat and the validity of the threat.

Derek Randall, the commander for investigations and administration for Cloquet Police Department, said authorities can’t handle an alleged threat lightly, even if it was intended to be a joke or prank.

"You’re not anonymous online no matter how much you think you are. We aren't going to take these as a joke. We're going to take each and every one of these calls seriously," Randall said.

Students are advised to be responsible of the way they use social media and to notify adults when they see something wrong.

The girl's case will be handled by the Carlton County Attorney’s Office. The Cloquet School District informed parents of the threat on Wednesday.



Alejandra Palacios

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