Potential security threat closes DeLaSalle

| March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

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After investigating a potential security threat at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis March 1, the Minneapolis Police Department determined it to be uncredible, and classes resumed March 2.

A March 1 statement said the school’s internal investigation concluded that “one or more students, though no longer a potential security threat, are in violation” of the school’s student-parent handbook policies and “will face disciplinary procedures.”

DeLaSalle decided to close the building to students March 1 after the school received a potential security threat from a student after school hours Feb. 28.

According to an earlier press release, DeLaSalle reported the potential threat to the Minneapolis Police Department, and school administrators began working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident. The school also notified parents.

“Over the course of several hours, the school has attempted to manage an involved investigation and to ascertain the full containment of this situation,” the statement read. “We have received cooperation from the student, the student’s parents and local agencies we have contacted.”

The Lasallian school, which enrolls about 750 students in grades nine through 12, said the situation is unprecedented and closed the building to ensure the safety of students and staff. The investigation was ongoing while students had a “remote learning day.”

“We reaffirm our commitment to provide a safe learning environment for all, we will communicate accurate information as we know more, and especially on this Ash Wednesday, we ask you to pray,” President Barry Lieske said in the statement.

According to Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle’s director of communications, in lieu of the Ash Wednesday Mass it had planned, its Office of Lasallian Ministry hosted a brief prayer service and distribution of ashes in the school chapel for staff who were on campus. More than a dozen attended.

“It was a beautiful moment of God’s grace and calm in what has been an otherwise busy day,” Lehman said.

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