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NEWS RELEASE

Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
CONTACT:
Doug Neville  6512017562
douglas.neville@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2021
DPS Reaches Out To Partners About Viral Tik Tok Threats
​ST. PAUL — Law enforcement and school administrators nationwide have seen an increase in the number of social media posts threatening school violence. Many of the social media posts contain similar wording or are duplicate posts not related to verified threats. The threats prompted some schools in Minnesota to close early on Friday.

Law enforcement agencies across Minnesota reported 29 threats to schools in Minnesota with nearly half of those threats coming in the last 24 hours. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) is unaware of any credible or a specific threat to schools in Minnesota. DPS encourages anyone with information about a possible threat to contact their local law enforcement agency so the threat can be thoroughly investigated.

“Even though we have not seen any credible threat, it’s important for any report to be investigated to keep children and school’s safe,” said DPS Assistant Commissioner Booker Hodges. “It’s important for people to report any perceived threat to their local law enforcement agency.”

The State Fusion Center at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the School Safety Center in the DPS Homeland Security and Emergency Management division shared a message with schools, law enforcement and other partners alerting them of the threats. The ongoing threats circulating nationally on social media noted today, Dec. 17, as the date to carry out the threats.

Law enforcement takes these threats very seriously and is continuing to follow up. DPS is unaware of any credible or a specific threat but encourages vigilance and the reporting of any threats or suspicious activity to authorities for vetting and investigation. People can make an anonymous report using the fee BCA See It, Say It, Send It app​ available on Android and Apple devices.
 
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