15-year-old arrested after threatening violence at high school on social media
Albert Lea police arrested a 15-year-old girl Tuesday after she allegedly wrote and shared a post on social media threatening violence at Albert Lea High School.
According to a press release, the Albert Lea Police Department received an initial call at 5:46 p.m. in reference to a Snapchat post. The department also received several other calls from concerned people regarding the post, which indicated she wanted to “shoot up” the high school.
The girl was arrested for felony threats of violence and was transported to a juvenile detention center, pending her first court appearance, the press release stated.
The Police Department said it has had a longstanding relationship with the district and will continue to ensure a safe environment for students as they return to school next week.
Albert Lea Area Schools Superintendent Mike Funk, in response to the alleged threat, said student safety is paramount for the district, and he appreciates that the community is being proactive in reporting the post.
He said he hoped the teenager receives the help she needs.