Parents, Staff and Community Members of the Pierz School District:
Thank you so much for your understanding and support of the challenges we were dealt yesterday and today. Much of last night and today was spent working with law enforcement in our area to seek information and clarification on what our next steps would be. We are lucky to have high-quality local law enforcement who have a terrific working relationship with county law enforcement.
Minutes ago, we received an official statement from the Sheriff Office related to our schools which is as follows:
On December 16, 2021, the Royalton Police Department received information regarding potential threats involving Little Falls Schools, Pierz Schools and Royalton Schools. The Royalton Police Department, along with the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Little Falls Police Department and the Pierz Police Department have initiated an investigation regarding the potential threats.
This information was shared with local school districts and out of an abundance of caution, a decision was made to close schools in Morrison County on Friday, December 17, 2021.
This investigation remains ongoing, however, at this point law enforcement feels there is no ongoing threat to our students, schools or residents. Law enforcement takes these threats very seriously and continues to follow up on any new information that is reported.
Shawn Larsen, Morrison County Sheriff
At this point, there is no evidence to indicate any Pierz students were involved in inappropriate social media behavior related to this event.
Beginning Saturday, December 18th, schools will again be open for events. School will be in session as normal on Monday morning.
We are thankful for the judgment and the values that have been instilled in our children that lead to good choices. It is challenging for them and for parents to navigate the various ways in which social media connectivity can lead to inappropriate content. Again, we are thankful. At the same time, we must continue to be vigilant. Any parents, caregivers, or adult role models should consider carefully what social media applications are being used by your child(ren). Many of these social apps give full access to inappropriate content and give no oversight or management of pictures, videos, and suggestions that are forced in front of your children and teens.
Consider any opportunity you can, including this event, to confront that issue on behalf of the child, rather than place them into the position of being inundated with it. Encourage communication. Be aware of what your children are posting, to whom they are posting, and what they are being exposed to.
Thank you so much for your ongoing help and support and being part of a team that makes our schools great!
—Superintendent George Weber
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