Students in the Brookings School District will be heading back to the classroom Wednesday, after a threat canceled classes Tuesday.
Brookings police and the school district say they have received a confession from a student. They add that the student did not intend to act on the threat. However, the district has a policy against threats to harm others.
On Monday afternoon, Brookings police say a staff member noticed a note at the high school. Shortly after, the Brookings School district was notified about a potential threat.
“After considering the nature of the threat and the overall concerns about school safety and security across America today, the Brookings School District administration determined it was in the best interest for student safety and staff safety to cancel school on Tuesday,” Brookings superintendent, Klint Willert said.
“Children safety as well as the safety of the school staff is our number one priority and keeping with that we felt the necessity to cancel school and all school activities for the day,” Brookings Police Chief, Dave Erickson said.
The police chief and school superintendent both said they had received positive responses from parents and students, saying they appreciated the quick response to the threat.
“I think the key take away from everyone is we take threats seriously and we have to take threats seriously because of the nature of school violence across our country today,” Willert said.
Authorities say the case will be sent to the Brookings County State’s Attorney’s Office for review for potential criminal charges. The school district is meeting to discuss safe re-entry for students to their schools Wednesday. If a child or parent has a concern, they are asked to speak with school staff.