The following statement was received from Superintendent John Cselovszki at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 14:
At 1:05 p.m. the school received a phone call from the Tactical Institute from Washington, D.C. that there is potential threat made on twitter against a school and they identified that the twitter feed came from Sleepy Eye Public School. At that time the school district went into a lockdown and called the police. The school district, with the assistance of the institute was able to identify the owner of the twitter feed and was able to identify the students involved in the incident. After interviewing the parties involved the school district determined that our students are not in imminent danger so the lockdown was lifted. Classes resumed under normal circumstances for the rest of the day. The school district will take action according to school district policy and continue to provide a safe learning environment for our students.
At 5:30 p.m. this statement was received from the Brown County Attorney's Office:
This afternoon, at approximately 1:30 law enforcement received notification of a possible threat of violence at Sleepy Eye High School. The Sleepy Eye Police Department, The Brown County Sheriff's Office, The Minnesota State Patrol and agents of the BLRR Task Force responded immediately and the school was placed on lockdown. Once the situation was deemed safe, the lockdown was lifted. One student has been detained and the matter is currently being investigated by the Sleepy Eye Police Department. Given the age of the individual detained, the name is being withheld. The Brown County Attorney’s Office will review the matter for potential delinquency charges. While it appears that the students were never in immediate danger, law enforcement takes all threats of this nature seriously to ensure the safety of all students.