Police respond to possible school threat

Published 5:31 pm Wednesday, February 8, 2023

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Albert Lea police received a call of a possible school threat Wednesday though after investigation found there was no threat to student safety.

Albert Lea Deputy Chief of Police Darren Hanson said the call came in at 12:38 p.m. to one of the schools in Albert Lea, but because the threat was vague, law enforcement actually checked all of the schools in Freeborn County as a safety precaution. According to police logs, the call stated there was going to be a bomb in the Albert Lea school and the caller was going to shoot up the school. A volley of six shots was heard before the call disconnected. The caller was a male voice that went through a voice changer.

Albert Lea Area Schools said in a press release sent out after school was released for the day that the school day was minimally disrupted by the event.

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“We will continue to make our students and staff our top priority by ensuring their safety,” the district said in the release. “We value and appreciate our support from Albert Lea Police Department and Freeborn County Sheriff’s Department and will continue to partner with them to ensure the safety of students and staff members.”

Look for more information as it becomes available.