Area schools take extra precautions after Valley News Live receives concerning Whistleblower tip

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Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 10:57 AM CDT
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Detroit Lakes, Minn. (Valley News Live) - The Detroit Lakes Police Department says they had extra officers patrolling around the Detroit Lakes High-School Tuesday morning after they were alerted to a concerning tip sent to the Valley News Live Whistleblower Hotline.

Monday evening, the anonymous tip sent to the Valley News Live’s hotline said “someone’s going to shoot up the high school, “DL” high school.” Although the tipster did not say which school the threat was targeted to, Fargo Police were quickly called. Fargo Police said they will be notifying local schools as a precaution and will let the schools determine if the threat it credible or not.

Valley News Live has also reached out to the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and Grand Forks school districts to see if they had increased patrols as well, but have not yet heard back.

The Detroit Lake’s School District says they will have closed campus lunch on Tuesday for the safety and security of all students.

UPDATE: Detroit Lakes Police posted an update on Facebook at about 2 p.m. saying that because it wasn’t clear if the caller meant Devil’s Lake or Detroit Lakes, they informed local law enforcement and schools in both areas-- who then decided to have a larger police presence on campus today.

The post--signed by both Superintendent Mark Jenson and Chief Steve Todd--says that students at a different school within the Detroit Lakes district then reported a student’s social media post to school officials. The post said they were going to “shoot up the school.”

Police say the post and the call were related.

They added that that the individuals responsible have been identified and situation “dealt with immediately” and resolved.

Detroit Lakes Police Department says the names of those responsible cannot be released.

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