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Grand Rapids Minnesota Schools Offer Fast Response After Caller Threatens Suicide Nearby

Source: J Stephen Conn

Officials with the Grand Rapids Public Schools acted swiftly when law enforcement contacted them regarding a “suicidal” caller that had called a local crisis center in the community. The caller was not calling from school property, but his calls had been tracked to areas nearby.

The school limited access and issued the following alert to parents:

Good morning residents of District 318. This is Superintendent Joe Silko and I wish to update you on an incident that occurred this morning, Friday, January 4th.

I received a phone call from the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department notifying me that an individual, an adult male, had contacted the crisis response center and was threatening suicidal action. When law enforcement traced his cell phone, it pinged in the area of the Robert J. Elkington Middle School. Later it pinged in the area of Southwest Elementary School and then back in the area of the middle school.

The individual was located in his residence and is being dealt with by law enforcement. At no time was the individual ever in one of our school buildings. The district took precautionary measures and limited the access to our buildings. As buses and cars carrying students and staff were already in transit, we restricted the drop off and delivery of students until we could ensure that all sites were indeed safe. At no time were any students ever in danger.

Our schools are now running as usual and I want to assure you that everyone is safe and secure.

Once again I am impressed with the level of safety and security provided by our law enforcement agencies. Their quick response to the situation, as well as, keeping the district informed along the way, makes me feel proud to be a resident and leader of this district. Thank you all for your patience and understanding.

It should be noted once again that the caller was not on school property at the time of the call, and that the school district was only practicing precautionary measures.

More details as they come.

[Source materials were taken from the Grand Rapids Public Schools Facebook Page and website]


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