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Published November 01, 2010, 03:56 PM

List Threatening Students Found At WAO High School

The Warren Alvarado Oslo school district is investigating a threat list made by a student against other students at the school. It included threatening harm to the students named.

The Warren Alvarado Oslo school district is investigating a threat list made by a student against other students at the school. It included threatening harm to the students named.

A written threat with names of students on it was found Tuesday October 26th. District Superintendent Brian Thygeson sent a letter to parents Friday explaining that the student who made the threats was removed from school and that the students mentioned in the note were notified of the threat. Thygeson also says that the district is taking the threat seriously and work to make sure the school is safe for all students.

The case has been turned over to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office for investigation. They would not comment on the case. Thygeson's letter to parents is below.

October 29, 2010

Dear Parents and Families,

In an effort to keep you well informed about issues at our schools, I would like to share with you an incident that was recently brought to our attention. I want to assure you that the safety and welfare of our students, staff, and visitors is our highest priority. We take all threats seriously and will respond both thoroughly and promptly.

We have learned that a student from WAO High School threatened harm to other students through written correspondence. The matter has been turned over to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, who are investigating the incident. The student who made the threat is not currently at school. Authorities have contacted parents of the WAO H.S. students named in the threat. Due to data privacy issues, we are unable to release any more specific information regarding the incident at this time.

In the meantime, please talk with your child about this situation. We are seeking your assistance in making sure that all of our students feel safe and comfortable at our schools. Remind your child that we take threats of this sort very seriously and work diligently to assure a safe environment at school. If your child ever feels uncomfortable at school, s/he should talk to our school guidance counselor Jenny Lubinski, our school social worker Paula Moug, a school administrator, or any other faculty member they are comfortable reporting to. If your child has any information about this specific incident, or any other threat to student safety, please contact the building administrator or call me at the district office.

As you are aware, many student-student conflicts may be associated with the causes and effects of bullying. The WAO School District has made this a top priority going into the school year associated with the Culture & Climate improvement goal. As part of this effort, and as previously discussed through the district newsletter, we will be providing a unique opportunity for all

students, staff, parents, families, and community members. Karina Berzins, the Internet Crimes Against Children Training and Education Coordinator for the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will provide age-specific presentations to all WAO students throughout the morning on November 16th. Students will then be dismissed at 12:30 to allow staff training opportunities on the topic in the afternoon. In addition, Ms. Berzins will provide a presentation for parents and other community members in the WAO H.S. Auditorium from 7:00-8:30 as part of the planned WAO Wellness Fair. We ask that parents do not bring children to this event since it will include parent-focused themes.

Again, let me assure you that the safety of our students, staff, and visitors is our top priority. As a parent of a WAO Elementary student I understand the anxiety created by any potential safety threats. I want to assure you we will do what is necessary to insure that the schools of this district are a safe place for all our children and staff. If you need to speak with me directly about this situation, please feel free to call me at the numbers listed and I will return the call as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Bryan Thygeson, Superintendent

Warren-Alvarado-Oslo District 2176

(218) 745-5393 (office)

bthygeson@wao.k12.mn.us

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