UPDATE: Sheriff says 'no direct threat' to Pine Island Schools

Rumors swirled after a social media post on Wednesday.

Posted: Dec 13, 2018 6:37 AM
Updated: Dec 13, 2018 6:36 PM

GOODHUE COUNTY, Minn. – Law enforcement is releasing more details on a social media post that caused some concern for Pine Island Schools.

The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office says it became aware around 1 pm Wednesday of a post stating “I’m sick of this it is going to end.” Deputies quickly determined the post was made by a 14-year-old former Pine Island student. Deputies went to the student’s home and say speaking to the student and parents made clear there was no threat to the public and no risk of self-harm to the student.

However, the Sheriff’s Office says the post continued to circulate on social media and started rumors in the Pine Island area, including word that students were afraid for their safety and worried there could be violence at school. The Sheriff’s Office says this misinformation was created by numerous social media posts being forwarded or written by others.

The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office says there was no direct threat to Pine Island Schools at any time and no lock down was ever ordered.

An investigation is continuing but the Sheriff’s Office says this incident is a reminder of how quickly false or inaccurate information can be spread on social media.

Previous story below

GOODHUE COUNTY, Minn. - A social media post regarding the Pine Island School has the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office investigating.
The Sheriff’s Office isn’t divulging the information in the social media post, but is calling it “ambiguous.”
“While no direct threat to student safety has been made, the post generated numerous speculation and rumors,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “Contact has been made with all individuals associated with the numerous rumors generated by the post.”
The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office said it will continue to “work with Pine Island School Staff to insure the safety and security of all students.”

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