Brooklyn Park Police: Two Schools Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat
Students from Jackson Middle School and Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy were evacuated Wednesday afternoon after Anoka-Hennepin School District officials say someone left a voicemail at the middle school with a bomb threat.
Police relocated students to nearby Champlin Park High School. Some parents parked at nearby stores and gas stations to wait to pick up students. Law enforcement officers from several agencies were on scene to help direct traffic.
“Students and staff are safe,” read a message to families on the Jackson Middle School website.
Carly Skarsten is on maternity leave from her job as a special education paraprofessional at Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy, where her daughter also attends. She was waiting at the nearby Holiday store to go in and get her daughter.
“They got everything under control and I was texting co-workers, too, and they said that everybody’s okay,” said Skarsten. “It looked like it was all organized with them all coming out. All the students are safe so that’s all that matters.”
According to school district officials, police advised an evacuation of the two schools. An investigation into the threat itself continues, school officials said.
Anoka-Hennepin leaders stressed that the evacuation plans are part of emergency preparedness plans and drills that the students and staff are well aware of.
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