Police investigate threats at Harding High School

The St. Paul Police Department is currently investigating threats at Harding High School, which may have come from a former employee.

"There was an incident, and it is being investigated," said public information coordinator Howie Padilla as the investigation unfolded Thursday, Feb. 21.

An employee recently "released" from the school district has a connection to the case and the threats directed at students, explained public information officer Sgt. Paul Paulos of the St. Paul Police Department.

However, Paulos said it is not confirmed that the suspect in the threats is a former employee of the school district.

Paulos said currently the St. Paul Police are trying to determine if the threats directed at students are tangible.

As the case is currently under investigation, the St. Paul Police Department will not release further information.

Tearful call

Mother Beth Sundberg first heard about the incident when she got a tearful call from her daughter Thursday.

"My daughter said this morning that one of the lunch people was fired and then the person threatened to shoot everyone," said Beth Sundberg. "She said there were kids who were scared and wanting to go home."

"I know it is difficult to know right now what is a rumor and what is the truth, so I called the school this morning," Sundberg said. "They told me cops were on scene handling a minor situation."

Facebook is intertwined with the threats and at least one threat did occur through the social media website, Paulos said.

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, Harding High School and the St. Paul School District have not yet made public a statement regarding the incident.

-- Rebecca Rowe

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