For the second time in a week a threat has been made against the McGregor High School.
The Aitkin County Sheriff's Department reported a bomb threat made against the school Wednesday and a 16-year-old student was arrested.
A week earlier, on May 6, classes were dismissed after an written threat was made against the school.
In Wednesday's incident, a note was found in the school late in the afternoon indicating something would be happening Thursday. On Wednesday night, personnel from the sheriff's department, McGregor Fire Department and the school district searched the school and found nothing suspicious and a school alert was issued advising parents of the threat.
The school opened Thursday with access to the building limited and deputies at all entrances throughout the day. Aitkin County Sheriff Scott Turner said diligence on behalf of school officials and law enforcement led to the arrest of the 16-year-old, who is in custody at a juvenile detention center pending the filing of formal criminal charges by the Aitkin County Attorney's office.
In the May 6 incident, a written threat was found in the school at about 8:30 a.m. and classes were dismissed. School officials at the time released little information regarding the nature of the threat, except that if was vague and didn't target specific students.
It wasn't known if the two incidents were connected, Turner said.
"It's something a lot of people have been asking, but at this point and time we can't make that determination," he said.
The May 6 threat is still being investigation, Turner said.
"Obviously, anytime threats are made of that nature, there are very serious consequences, and what we look at is crime of terroristic threats," he said. "People need to think about the impact it has on not only the people responding but also on students and the parents who trust their kids will be safe in school."
The school district has about 380 students in grades K-12 and uses a single building for elementary and high school students.
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