Update: Threat reported at Albert Lea school

Published 2:24pm Tuesday, December 18, 2012

ALBERT LEA — The front doors of Brookside Education Center in Albert Lea were locked for a brief time Monday afternoon after a student reportedly made a vague threat and then left the school, according to Albert Lea police.

Officers were called at about 12:20 p.m. for consultation after the Area Learning Center student left the school.

Police stated they advised school officials that if they felt more comfortable they could lock the doors and check people as they come and go.

The school intended to monitor doors only, but police said a custodian inadvertently locked them, too. People were still allowed in and out of the building.

Albert Lea Area Schools Superintendent Mike Funk said students were not moved anywhere within the building or their classrooms.

“No lockdown,” Funk said. “As it sometimes happens, we had a student issue where  law enforcement was called.”

Asked if there would be discipline, Funk cited privacy laws and declined further comment.

The student was later found at a residence, police said. He was not arrested but was taken in for an evaluation.

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