Teen Charged In Estherville School Threat

A 15-year-old male juvenile has been charged in connection with a threatening text message that resulted in additional security measures being taken at the Estherville-Lincoln Central schools. 

Police Thursday charged the suspect with threats of terrorism, a class “D” felony. 

Authorities say a student who received the coded text message Tuesday night reported it to a school resource officer on Wednesday. Police provided additional security the rest of the day Wednesday, with an early dismissal. Additional security measures were put in place Thursday, including additional police officers at all buildings, metal detectors and bag searches at the High School building. 

Estherville Police say they don’t believe the threat was in any way connected to similar events reported around the state and country and that the coded text was meant as a joke and that there was no viable threat to staff or students.

(Story from KUOO/KUQQ, Spirit Lake)

The 15-year-old has been charged in juvenile court and was being held on the charges at a juvenile facility.