On Friday morning, an email threat was made towards Hutchinson High School.
Hutchinson Public Schools immediately requested the assistance of the Hutchinson Police Department in investigating this threat.
Although school had already been canceled due to severe cold temperatures, Hutchinson Public Schools went into an External Threat Watch lockdown to ensure the safety of staff who had reported to their school locations.
Upon receiving sufficient information from the Hutchinson Police Department, the External Threat Watch was canceled shortly after noon on Friday.
On Friday evening, the Hutchinson Police arrested an individual believed to be responsible for sending the threatening email.
Hutchinson Public Schools will continue to coordinate with the Hutchinson Police Department and McLeod County as this incident moves towards legal resolution.
In light of the fact that Hutchinson Public Schools has received two digital (social media; email) threats in as many months, they’re asking all parents, guardians, and teachers to review with students the gravity of making threats to schools, how these threats are handled in a serious and humorless fashion by schools, police, and courts, and the incredibly negative impact that making threats like these can have on an individual’s life.
Minnesota law prohibits threats of violence, and individuals found guilty of this offense can be sentenced to up to five years in prison or be subject to a fine of up to $10,000, or both.