St. Paul charter school closed during threats investigation

A charter school in St. Paul is closed Wednesday in response to threats directed toward some students, according to a message from Nova Classical Academy to parents.

“Nova Classical is working collaboratively with the St. Paul Police Department related to these concerns; however, at this time, we are unable to ensure the level of safety (Wednesday) to the level that we deem appropriate for our school,” the Tuesday night letter to families said. “Nova Classical takes all threats to our community seriously and will continue to work to ensure the security of our school.”

St. Paul police received a report Tuesday night about a student who’d been in a fight at Nova Classical and received SnapChat messages after school from someone claiming to be the brother of the student he’d been in a fight with, said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a police spokesman.

He threatened to beat up the student and another relative if they returned to school. Police were also told about information that was circulating in a SnapChat group chat — that the same person was threatening to bring a gun to the school, Ernster said.

No one was under arrest as of Wednesday morning.

The school said in its message that Wednesday’s closure “will provide additional time to investigate these threats and ensure a safe environment for our students. You are encouraged to share any information you or your child may have about these threats with your child’s principal and the St. Paul Police Department.”

The K-12 school in the West Seventh neighborhood has around 1,000 students.

Josh Verges contributed to this report. Related Articles

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