UPDATE: Student Responsible for Threat of Violence Against EHS will be Charged with Felony

In an anonymous post on Internet forum 4chan, the student threatened to attack Edina High School with a sniper rifle and RPG.

An unidentified male Edina High School student is being charged with making terroristic threats—a felony level offense—after writing a violent post about Edina High School on the Internet, according to the Edina Police Department.

Within hours of learning of the anonymous threats, Edina Police were able to successfully identify and take the responsible juvenile into custody.

A police spokesperson confirmed the suspect is a male student at Edina High School and said "detectives are hoping to have charges filed by day's end."

In a disturbing post on popular Internet forum 4chan, the anonymous user said he would "assault the school" using a sniper rifle from the nearby woods. The poster threatened to attack students in the school's common areas, then said he would "hit the school with an RPG like my friends in Libya." He also threatened to take his own life, provided he was not shot first.

Police are making additional patrols near the high school as a precautionary measure, though officials have said they believe the threat was unfounded and the situation is under control. 

EHS Principal Bruce Locklear sent a message to parents of students Friday morning, Oct. 5, stating Edina Police notified district administrators of the anonymous threat shortly after midnight. Locklear said the threat referenced "an act of violence that would happen at the school on Friday." 

"The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority and we take threats against our school seriously," Locklear said. "Individuals who violate this trust will be dealt with accordingly."

The male student has not been identified at this point. Classes at Edina High School—and for the entire district—will proceed as normal.

Locklear said the district is blessed to have such a strong relationship with Edina Police, adding district administrators appreciate the work that went into identifying the juvenile responsible for the threat "in such an expedient and professional manner."

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Mark Hull October 05, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Echo the gratitude for the prompt action of EPD and the outstanding communication from school officials.
Jim Corcoran October 05, 2012 at 10:29 PM
A high school in Appleton, Wisconsin tried an experiment under the enlightened guidance of their principal, LuAnn Coenen. She wanted to see if she could positively affect the fighting, weapons-carrying and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the food the kids ate. Vending machines were replaced with water coolers; hamburgers and French fries were taken off the menu and replaced with fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grain breads and a salad bar. With the departure of junk food, she also saw the departure of vandalism, litter and the need for police patrolling her hallways. The students were calm, socially engaged and focused on their schoolwork. Problems were minimal. And all Ms. Coenen did was change the menu! Please watch "Forks Over Knives" for FREE to learn more about the implications of a meat-based diet vs a plant-based diet. Go to http://www.hulu.com/watch/279734 and do yourself and your family a favor!
bill October 06, 2012 at 07:27 AM
I'm in Louisville, KY. I was of the people that phoned this in. You're welcome.
Alyssa Granlund October 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Bill- and to all involved in keeping our families safe, Thank you.
Edina Mom October 06, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Making such threats is itself a crime - it doesn't matter if you have no plan and no weapon and no ammo and no ability to even attempt to carry out any portion of your threat. As demonstrated here, if you make such a threat, you will be arrested. But no tragedy was averted and no staff or students were in danger at any time. "officials have said they believe the threat was unfounded" A threat was uttered (posted) and quickly reported by others on that very dubious forum. And as reported, officials say they believe the threat was unfounded - and they are correct, it was an unfounded threat - so no tragedy was averted. Making the threat is a crime. What evidence is there of any actual plan to harm anyone? None so far, except the officials say It was an unfounded threat. What woods? And simultaneously in the commons? What weapons? What ammunition? What co-conspirators? What foundation to this terrorist threat? It was unfounded - the reality is there was no danger. And the reality is such threats will not be tolerated - they are crimes - and the police will be called when students make threats - but get a grip on the tragedy averted angle.


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