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Police investigating incident that led to school lockdown

Brainerd and Baxter police department officials, in a joint statement issued Thursday, said they were investigating the incident that led to Wednesday’s soft lockdown.

Brainerd Deputy Chief Mike Bestul and Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said their departments responded to a custodial parental rights incident specific to one student that involved Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd and Forestview Middle School in Baxter.

“The incident is actively being investigated by multiple law enforcement agencies,” the statement from the police administrators said. “No arrests have been made at this point in the investigation.”

Brainerd and Baxter police departments will continue to provide extra security measurements at the two schools throughout the remainder of the school week, police said.

The police said the Brainerd School District enacted its soft lockdown procedures, purely as a safety precaution.

On Wednesday, Razidlo described the soft lockdown as a procedure in which access to the schools is controlled and there is no outside playground activities.

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