Morrison County Sheriff’s Office
December 16, 2021
The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reports that there is a TiKToK trend that has emerged indicating widespread violence to schools nationwide on December 17th. This national threat is circulating on social media regarding alleged threats concerning schools. There is no indication of a nationwide specific threat, however, we want our residents to be aware that we are currently investigating information that was brought to our attention by the Royalton School District. The information was regarding a video of a social media post that may have identified three school districts in Morrison County; Little Falls School District, Royalton School District and Pierz School District. At this time, we have not been able to identify or verify the specific post or parties who may have been responsible. The investigation is ongoing. We are working in partnership with the school districts and all local law enforcement agencies directly impacted.
The Sheriff’s Office along with the Little Falls, Pierz and Royalton Police Departments, and local schools take this matter very seriously. If anyone is aware of potential threats to our local schools, please call our Sheriff’s Office at (320) 632-9233. Information about criminal activity should always be reported to local law enforcement and your first call should be 9-1-1 to report any crime in progress.
This is a reminder for parents and/or guardians to pay attention and inquire about their children’s social media communications. Make sure that discussions include positive and respectful social media use, making sure that social media postings do not violate their school’s code of conduct and/or lead to potential criminal charges. Students need to be reminded that everything that is posted on social media can be shared. They need to think about every message they convey prior to sending it out viral.