Two juveniles were criminally charged Tuesday, Nov. 12, for allegedly planting a suspicious package at Spring Lake Park High School, according to the Spring Lake Park Police Department.

Spring Lake Park Police Chief Douglas Ebeltoft said the package was found in a bathroom at the high school Nov. 8 and brought to the main office.

Law enforcement was contacted at 11:51 a.m.

The high school was immediately put into “containment,” which Ebeltoft said is just below a lockdown, and students were ushered away from the package’s location.

The Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department assisted during the incident, along with the Fridley Police Department, Emergency Medical Services and the Minneapolis Bomb Squad.

The suspicious package was examined by the Minneapolis Police Department Bomb Squad. The package was determined to be fake and was removed from the high school.

In a social media statement the Spring Lake Park Police Department said, “No one at the high school was in any danger.”

According to the school district, normal operations resumed after police concluded there was no threat.

Shortly after the incident occurred, two juvenile teens were identified and taken into custody within hours of each other for allegedly being involved in the incident, according to the Spring Lake Park Police Department.

Ebeltoft said the two juveniles were arraigned in Anoka County Juvenile Court Nov. 12 and have been charged with felony conspiracy to commit threats of violence.

Both juvenile individuals were released under house arrest, he said.

The Spring Lake Park School District said that due to privacy laws it cannot release any information on whether the juveniles have been issued any disciplinary actions or if they were suspended or expelled.

Ebeltoft said the case has now concluded.

“The Spring Lake Park Police Department and Independent School District Administration and Staff take these incidents very seriously and will investigate them in an expedient manner bringing them to a conclusion as soon as possible,” said the Spring Lake Park Police Department in a social media statement. “These types of behavior are not acceptable and will not be tolerated! The safety of our students, staff and residents is paramount to the Spring Lake Park Police Department and Independent School District 16.”

paige.kieffer@ecm-inc.com

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