Parent calls sheriff’s office over school threats made on Facebook

On Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7:35 p.m., the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a concerned parent over a message her daughter read on Facebook about someone bringing guns to a school in Cambridge.

Law enforcement told the parent they were monitoring the situation and it was being investigated. Cambridge-Isanti Superintendent Bruce Novak said Friday morning, Dec. 21, that administrators were aware of the threat, and discussed it with law enforcement.

Novak wants to remind parents that they, “always have a right to keep their child home at any time.” Novak said the school district had a heightened police presence at the schools during the morning of Dec. 21.

Novak released the following statement Friday morning, Dec. 21, addressed to parents of the school district:

“You might be aware that we are currently experiencing rumors throughout our school and community.

“Certainly with modern day social media rumors have a tendency to spread faster and reach more people more quickly than school officials and law enforcement agencies can respond.

“Unfortunately there are people among us who seem to enjoy creating a sense of anxiety and concern in our daily lives.

“The school district become aware of a specific rumor circulating regarding acts of upcoming violence in the school district. Precautionary measures have been taken to keep your children safe in school. Law enforcement is involved and investigating the source of the rumor as well as being present on school grounds.

“I would remind everyone as a community, each of us plays a critical role in keeping our children and our schools safe. Please continue to share a message of calm reassurance that our schools are safe and will continue to be safe with all of us working together.”