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Warren-Alvarado-Oslo student threat goes public

The superintendent of the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, Minn., schools sent a letter to parents Friday informing them of a threat made by a student against other students.

The superintendent of the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, Minn., schools sent a letter to parents Friday informing them of a threat made by a student against other students.

It involved a junior high school male who last week made a written threat that was "very generic," naming other students, with no details as to what the threat might involve, said Bryan Thygeson, superintendent.

Thygeson turned it over to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the threat, he said Monday.

The student was removed from school for now and the students named in the threat, and their parents, were informed.

On Friday, Thygeson mailed a letter to all parents of students in the building housing grades 7-12.

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"We have to take it seriously," Thygeson said Monday, although he said it wasn't anything that affected school life, enrollment or anything larger than the single student's rather vague threats.

The school has about 220 students in grades 7-12 in the building in Warren, Minn.

His office has taken the position that in a small town, when rumors get out, he wants to let parents know as much as possible about such an issue, Thygeson said.

But he said no one has been hurt and no extreme security measures were deemed necessary. No students or parents reacted by keeping students from attending class, he said.

"I have a daughter in school, and I'm not in the least (having) more heightened security" concerns, he said.

It didn't appear related to any other incidents or people at the school. "This was very isolated. But we do need to take these things seriously."

The sheriff's office said it had no public statement yet on the incident.

Thygeson said many details about the student who made the threat can't be made public because of data privacy laws. That's partly why he hasn't held a school assembly on the matter, he said.

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The school removed the student from attending class, and his future with the school hasn't been determined and is pending the investigation, he said.

A previously scheduled meeting for parents, students and staff to deal with bullying is now more germane, perhaps.

On Nov. 16, Karina Berzins, coordinator of the "Internet Crimes Against Children Training and Education" for the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, will speak to students, then to staff as well as to the community's adults, Thygeson said.

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