Investigation at Waconia High School for potential school threat, 16-year-old arrested

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at Waconia High School in Waconia, Minnesota for terroristic threats and disorderly conduct after threats were made on social media, according to the Carver County Sheriff's Office. 

A parent reported to Waconia High School staff about an "inappropriate video" posted on social media by a student, according to a school message sent out to family members. Deputies approached the student just before classes started at Waconia High School Friday morning and took him into custody around 7:53 a.m. Authorities then received a report of a second ambiguous threat posted on social media. The school was under lockdown before classes were dismissed early at 11:45 a.m.

“The system worked," read a statement from Waconia Public Schools Superintendent Pat Devine. "When people see something, we need them to say something and that's what happened here. Due to the swiftness of everyone’s actions, at no time during this situation were students in imminent danger. We are very thankful for our parents, staff and the local authorities, for working together to ensure the safety of all students.”

According to a statement from Principal Mark Fredericksen only one was student was involved and no weapons were found on school property.

"No one was threatened and Waconia schools were not even mentioned," read a statment from Fredericksen. "Steps were taken to intervene with the student who posted the video."