Baxter police investigate school threat

Police say there is no immediate threat to students or staff

Forestview Middle School 1
Forestview Middle School in Baxter.
Brainerd Dispatch file photo

BAXTER — Baxter police are investigating a threat made by a Forestview Middle School student Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Police Chief Jim Exsted confirmed Wednesday night the investigation was ongoing and police are working closely with staff at the school district. As of Wednesday night he said police had no reason to believe any students or staff members were in danger.

The situation gained online attention after a parent’s Facebook post Wednesday night on a Crow Wing County community page said a Forestview student had shown other students a gun collection over Google Meets and said he was going to bring them to school the following day.

Exsted declined to comment on the Facebook post or any further on the situation, as it is an active investigation but said the district would notify parents if the situation changed.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, Laine Larson, Brainerd Public Schools superintendent, released the following statement to school district families:


"Wednesday evening, January 19, 2022, district officials were made aware of a potential threat involving juveniles from Forestview Middle School. Baxter Police fully investigated the situation and have determined that there is no credible threat to any students or staff tomorrow.

"Brainerd Public Schools and local law enforcement treat all reports of threats seriously and appreciate your understanding as we worked together to address this matter of safety. Please be advised that there will be increased law enforcement presence at Forestview Middle School tomorrow. Thank you."

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