Pequot Lakes Police Chief Jerry Braam said Monday that he will soon be sending files on four Pequot Lakes High School students to the Crow Wing County attorney's office for consideration of charges of terroristic threats or disorderly conduct in connection with the heightened security at the high school building last week.
It is up to the county attorney's office whether the four students will be charged. As an alternative, the youth could be recommended by the county attorney's office for the Lakes Area Restorative Justice program, a process that would keep the students out of the court system but holds them accountable for their actions and promotes healing for victims and families. Braam said Monday the files will likely be sent to the county attorney's office for review late Monday or Tuesday.
Braam said Pequot Lakes reserve officers were at the high school Monday and plan to continue monitoring the school through the end of the school year so students feel safe. Braam said it appeared that it was business as usual at the school Monday.
"It's amazing how quickly students rebound to status normal," said Braam.
Last Tuesday morning parents and students arrived at both Eagle View Elementary and the middle/high school building to find several squad cars from the Pequot Lakes Police Department and Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department outside as law enforcement and school staff members monitored the entrances.
Only two of the four main entrances to the high school were kept open during the school day after rumors circulated the night before via student cell-phone text messages about bomb threats, a possible student hit list and talk of a student threatening to shoot up the school.
The rumors and subsequent heightened security measures had a connection to a situation that occurred the week before when two high school students were disciplined for making inappropriate comments about threats, including a mention of the Virginia Tech school shootings. Both students no longer attend the high school.
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