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Minor in custody after bomb threat at Cass Lake-Bena High School

CASS LAKE -- A minor is in custody after a bomb threat briefly evacuated Cass Lake-Bena High School on Tuesday afternoon.

A custodian noticed the threat on a folded-up scrap of paper in one of the school’s bathrooms around 11:30 a.m., Superintendent Rochelle Johnson told the Pioneer. School staff couldn’t determine where the threat came from or if it was legitimate or not and, erring on the side of caution, decided to evacuate the district’s middle and high schools shortly after noon Tuesday. The threat indicated that the alleged bomb would go off at 1 p.m. that day.

While students ate their lunches at nearby Cass Lake-Bena Elementary school, law enforcement swept the secondary school and gave the all-clear around 2 p.m., about an hour before classes let out for the day.

Pike Bay police arrested a juvenile male suspect Wednesday morning at the high school, department staff said.

“We don’t have any indication that there was any actual threat,” Pike Bay Police Chief Zeb Hemsworth said.

Joe Bowen

Joe Bowen covers education (mostly K-12) and American Indian affairs for the Bemidji Pioneer.

He's from Minneapolis, earned a degree from the College of St. Benedict - St. John's University in 2009, and worked at the Perham Focus near Detroit Lakes and Sun Newspapers in suburban Minneapolis before heading to the Pioneer.

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