Minneapolis Southwest High School all clear after 'credible threat'

Minneapolis Public Schools announced late Tuesday night that Southwest High School would be closed Wednesday, Jan. 28 due to a very specific and "credible threat to the school community." Minneapolis police investigated the incident and conducted a walk-through at the building Wednesday morning. No unsafe materials were found. 

Southwest High School will reopen Thursday, Jan. 29 for a regular school day.

"We are unable to share additional details because of the ongoing police investigation," MPS said in a statement. "There are serious consequences for individuals who make threats to our students and schools. We will cooperate with Minneapolis police to ensure that individuals are held responsible for their actions."

Wednesday's closure affects all of the school's events including community education classes, athletic events and all extracurricular activities.

"The safety of students and staff is paramount, which is why we made the decision to close," Southwest Principal Bill Smith said in a letter to the community.

Students were encouraged to participate in classroom discussions and do coursework online as much as possible Wednesday. All other Minneapolis Public Schools remained open.


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