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Teenage student arrested in Monte school lockdown incident

Montevideo Senior High School

MONTEVIDEO - A 16-year-old boy is being held at the Prairie Lakes Juvenile Detention Center in Willmar following his arrest for allegedly leaving a written threat that triggered a lockdown at the Montevideo High School on Tuesday.

Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said the youth admitted that he scrawled a threat in the boy's bathroom and was taken into custody on Thursday. He faces possible charges of making a threat of violence, disorderly conduct, and fifth degree assault. The matter has been referred to the Chippewa County Attorney's office.

The chief said it appears the suspect made a dumb mistake. Police do not believe he intended to carry out the threat.

The written threat was a copycat incident of a similar threat that had caused a lockdown at the Montevideo Middle School on January 18. The suspect said he had no knowledge or role in the Middle School incident. The chief said the investigation into the Middle School incident remains active.

Video surveillance of the hallways and interviews with students helped identify the suspect in the high school incident.

All threats are taken seriously, said the chief. Both lockdowns were precautionary for the sake of safety.

He also emphasized that the schools remain safe and secure.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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