Minneapolis schools locked down over vague threat posted on internet


AFP
March 10, 2010

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All schools across the busy midwestern US city of Minneapolis were put on lockdown early Wednesday after a vague threat was posted on two social networking sites, a spokeswoman said.

The lockdown, which affected around 50 schools in the Minneapolis public school district, meant children were told to remain in their classrooms while access to outside visitors was strictly limited.

“We don’t really know what this threat is, we are just working with the police right now,” a spokeswoman for the district told AFP, adding it was an unprecedented move affecting all schools from elementary to high schools.

“There is no need for parents to pick up their children, this is just a precautionary measure,” added the spokeswoman, who asked not to be named, saying officials would update the situation as they found out more.

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