Update: DPD Identifies Student Who Made Threats to Denfeld, Disciplinary Action Being Taken

Updated: March 06, 2018 12:51 AM

Authorities in Duluth have identified the student who made threats to Denfeld High School. 

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According to police, on Friday, a Denfeld student made comments overheard by another student about shooting up the school. Duluth
Police were made aware of these threats on Sunday evening and immediately began an investigation.

Duluth Police and ISD709 administrators worked together late Sunday and into Monday, to identify students with information on rumors of a  shooting at the school.

On Sunday evening, Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken posted on Facebook, that Police were aware of Snapchat posts about a rumor of a shooting Monday at Denfeld.

In an updated post, Chief Tusken says that authorities have interviewed students with information about the rumor. Tusken explains, "one student reported overhearing the threat said by another student Friday at school."

Tusken says that another student posted the threat to Snapchat on Sunday.

He continued his post, saying the school administration reviewed videotape from Friday to help identify students who may have further information.

"Obviously, one of the first things we do and the primary concern is that of the safety of the students and school personnel," said Lieutenant Dan Chicos with the Duluth Police Department. "Our officers have been through trainings on active shooter type of critical incidents."

In the early morning hours of Monday, Duluth Police Investigators made contact with the juvenile who admitted to making the threats but was adamant they were "just messing around". The juvenile’s home was searched and the family is cooperating with the investigation.

Classes were in session Monday, but DPD had an increased presence of security at the school.

The department says they will be forwarding this case to the St. Louis County Juvenile Attorney’s Office for a possible charge of Threats of Violence.

At this time, the Duluth Police Department does not believe there are any other threats to Denfeld based on this incident.

This is the second school threat in the Duluth School District recently. Just last week, Northstar Academy was the target for a similar threat - where a 14-year-old was taken into custody.

"We treat each threat as a legitimate until we can prove otherwise. I think right now, obviously with the recent events nationally people have become more vigilant as to any comments that they may hear or things that they see posted on social media," said Chicos.

His advice is for people to stay vigilant.

 "If they see or hear anything that looks suspicious, instead of saying that's probably nothing we have to err on the side of caution," Chicos added. 



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