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UPDATE: Student identified who made threat to Denfeld High School, disciplinary action to be taken

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UPDATE - 2:30 p.m.:  Duluth School District officials say they have identified the student who made the threat to Denfeld High School over the weekend.

Denfeld High School Principal Tony Sconiers and Superintendent Bill Gronseth say, after working with Duluth Police, they feel confident there was no intent to carry out the threat.

In an updated message, they feel Denfeld is safe and secure, and will be disciplining the student due to the disruptive nature of the statement, and the concern it caused.

Sconiers and Gronseth say making threats against a school is not a joke, but instead a serious violation of the law and school policy, even if no real harm was intended.

Duluth police searched the students' home, and the family is cooperating with the investigation.

Police say they will be forwarding the case to the St. Louis County Juvenile Attorney's Office for possible charges, including Threats of Violence.

At this time, police say they don't believe there are any other threats to Denfeld based on the incident. 

Police Chief Mike Tusken posted to Facebook early Monday morning, saying police and district officials worked overnight to identify students of interest.

Tusken wrote that police have learned "one student reported overhearing the threat said by another student Friday at school. Sunday, another student posted the threat to Snapchat. School administration reviewed videotape from Friday to help identify students who may have further information."

Superintendent Gronseth also took to Facebook Sunday night, writing in part, "Student and staff safety are always our first priority. Please be assured we take this responsibility very seriously." 

Classes at Duluth's Denfeld High School are in session Monday, and heightened security was in place Monday morning.

The District and Police learned of the threat Sunday night. 


As of 6:20 a.m.

Classes at Duluth's Denfeld High School will be in session Monday despite what police are calling a rumored shooting threat. 

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken posted to Facebook early Monday morning, saying police and district officials worked overnight to identify students of interest. The District and Police learned of the threat Sunday night.

Tusken wrote that police have learned "one student reported overhearing the threat said by another student Friday at school. Sunday, another student posted the threat to Snapchat. School administration reviewed videotape from Friday to help identify students who may have further information."

He added that the department will have heightened security at Denfeld Monday.

Duluth School District Superintendent Bill Gronseth also took to Facebook Sunday night, writing in part, "Student and staff safety are always our first priority. Please be assured we take this responsibility very seriously." 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Denfeld High School will be in session on Monday despite a rumored shooting threat to the school on social media. 

Duluth School District Superintendent, Bill Gronseth wrote a Facebook post that reads,

Approximately 45 minutes ago we became aware of a rumored threat to Denfeld on social media. At this time, neither the school nor the police have received any information involving a threat. Student and staff safety are always our first priority. Please be assured we take this responsibility very seriously. We will continue to work with the Duluth Police Department to determine the source of this rumor. School will be in session tomorrow and precautionary safety measures will be in place.

The Duluth Police Department responded to the potential threat. Police Chief, Mike Tusken wrote a Facebook post saying,  

Duluth police are aware of Snapchat posts about a rumor of a shooting tomorrow at Denfeld High School. We are working to determine the origin of the rumor and take any threat against the safety of our schools and students seriously. No specific suspect or threat has been identified at this time but we are following up on leads. DPD will have an increased presence at Denfeld tomorrow to ensure student safety.

Chief Tusken ensures there will be an increase in police presence at the school on Monday. 

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