Information on Hoax Threats to SoWashCo Schools
Dear South Washington County Schools family,
We are writing to share information about a hoax that included a mention of threats to South Washington County Schools.
This particular hoax includes nondescript threats and has been deemed not credible by law enforcement agencies including the Cottage Grove and Woodbury police departments and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
SoWashCo Schools takes all threats seriously and works closely with law enforcement when these types of messages are received. These messages were received after school hours last night in Cottage Grove and this morning in Woodbury. Police quickly investigated and deemed the messages to be not credible.
We are not the only community that received this type of hoax message. Messages like this have been spread in communities across the Twin Cities and the nation.
We take threats seriously and work together to ensure the safety of our community. We also recognize it is important to inform the public as quickly as possible with as much information as we can share to dispel rumors and mitigate unnecessary fear.
Julie Nielsen, Superintendent
South Washington County Schools
Peter Koerner, Director of Public Safety/Police Chief
City of Cottage Grove
Jason Posel, Director of Public Safety/Police Chief
City of Woodbury
Dan Starry, Washington County Sheriff