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Pine County Student Arrested Following Threat on Social Media

From the Pine County Sheriff's Office:

On 12-10-21 at about 2:15 PM, Pine County Dispatch received a call from staff at the Barnum High School, in Carlton County. It was reported to Barnum staff that a male known to students had broadcast an active shooter incident on social media from another school. Initially, it was believed to involve the Willow River School District in Pine County but then was found to involve the East Central School District, also in Pine County.

It was determined that East Central School was doing a lockdown drill and the student broadcast the drill and sent it to others, portraying it as an actual event.

Both schools were searched and cleared and there was no threat to either campus.

The student was taken into custody and charges will be reviewed by the Pine County Attorney’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the reporting parties and the school staff from both districts for their quick response to the incident.

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