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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Suspect charged in threats against area schools

  • A 15-year-old male was charged with a felony terroristic threat in a closed hearing Monday in Brown County District Court.
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  • This past weekend, Sleepy Eye Police arrested a male juvenile for allegedly making threatening statements on a social media website.
    A 15-year-old male was charged with a felony terroristic threat in a closed hearing Monday in Brown County District Court.
    The suspect was ordered to return to juvenile detention. His next Brown County District Court appearance was set for 4:15 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14.
    According to reports, exact details of the threats are not being released at this time, but were directed at several area schools.
    The threats were investigated by the Sleepy Eye Police Department and after evidence was reviewed, along with the Office of the Brown County Attorney, the male suspect was taken into custody, according to a report from the Sleepy Eye Police.
    Also according to the report, there was no evidence to show that the male taken into custody planned on working with an accomplice.
    The suspect was transported by the Sleepy Eye Police Department to Prairie Lakes Detention Center in Wilmar.
    The name of the male suspect cannot be released because he is a juvenile.
    Superintendent John Cselovszki said that police presence at the school on Monday morning was for safety and to answer any questions or concerns for school staff, parents or students.
    "Our school is safe,"  Cselovszki said Monday morning. "We are following protocol for incidents like this and there should never be a reason that anyone should ever feel unsafe at our schools."
    Cselovszki said he sent out an automated phone message throughout the district on Saturday saying that the police currently had a suspect in custody and the Sleepy Eye Schools were following established procedures to respond to the threat.
    All Sleepy Eye schools were open Monday morning. The Sleepy Eye Police Department, as well as the Brown County Sheriff's Department, were present at the three schools in Sleepy Eye as students arrived. The law enforcement officials reported that the morning went without incident.
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