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Updated: Important news for BHS families

Update - Posted at 3:25 p.m., Dec. 15

Dear Burnsville High School Families,

An investigation today has resulted in the identification of the individual who has admitted leaving three unspent .22 caliber bullets near lockers last night at Burnsville High School and two more that were found on the sidewalk outside the main entrance today.  

As a result of cooperation between school district staff members and the local police department, Burnsville Police officers identified an individual thought to be responsible. While interviewing this person, he admitted bringing the bullets to school and leaving them behind. From their investigation, police say they did not find any evidence of criminal intent or threat to the school, students or staff.  

Today has been a great reminder that we have wonderful staff members and an outstanding student body. We are very thankful for the individuals who provided information as part of this investigation. Thanks also to BHS staff who provided support to our students throughout today’s events.

Principal Dave Helke shared this update with the student body and staff members before the end of the school day.

We are grateful for the partnership we have with the Burnsville Police Department and are feeling a great sense of relief that this investigation moved quickly through the day toward a resolution. This is an important reminder for all of us to remain vigilant in keeping our schools safe by reporting any threatening behaviors immediately to the police department and school staff.

Lastly, parents and guardians, thank you for your patience and understanding as the investigation was underway. Please know that the safety of your children is our highest priority at all times.

Thank you,
Joe Gothard, superintendent


Original letter follows ...

Dear Burnsville High School Families,

I’m writing to let you know that during their routine cleaning at Burnsville High School, custodians came across three unspent .22 bullets inside the school at approximately 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. The bullets were in plain view on the floor near locker bases.

Because we take any threat of school safety seriously, the Burnsville Police Department was contacted immediately. Officers and administrators conducted a thorough search of the student lockers in the immediate vicinity. They also searched the remaining hallways and did not discover anything else out of the ordinary. Police believe the school is safe to attend tomorrow and we will be holding classes as usual.

The Burnsville Police Department will provide extra officers at Burnsville High School tomorrow (Tuesday) in the building and patrol support in the community.

Our focus is always on maintaining safe schools. We appreciate the support and expertise of our local police departments and the excellent partnerships we have with them in this shared priority.

As always, it’s important that anyone who may have information about this is asked to report it to staff immediately so that we can follow up.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns. Thanks for your continued support.

Joe Gothard, superintendent
(952) 707-2005

(En Español)

Estimadas familias de Burnsville High School

Les escribo para comunicarles que durante la rutina de limpieza, personal de Burnsville High School, se encontró tres balas calibre .22 no gastadas dentro de la escuela, aproximadamente a las 8 pm del lunes, 14 de Diciembre. Las balas estaban a la vista en el suelo cerca de las bases de los casilleros (lockers).

Debido a que tomamos cualquier amenaza de seguridad de la escuela con seriedad, el Departamento de Policía de Burnsville fué contactado de inmediato. Los oficiales de policía  y administradores de la escuela llevaron a cabo una búsqueda exhaustiva de los casilleros de los estudiantes cercanos donde las balas fueron localizadas. También buscaron en los pasillos restantes y no descubrieron nada fuera de lo normal. La policía cree que la escuela es segura para continuar con las clases como de costumbre.

El Departamento de Policía de Burnsville ha proporcionado oficiales adicionales en el edificio de la escuela y más vigilancia de patrullas en la comunidad.

Nuestra atención se centra siempre en mantener las escuelas seguras. Agradecemos el apoyo y la experiencia de nuestros departamentos de policía locales y la excelente alianza que tenemos con ellos en ésta prioridad compartida.

Como siempre, es importante solicitar que cualquier persona que tenga información sobre éste incidente, se le pide reportarlo de inmediato al personal de la escuela o autoridades para que podamos dar seguimiento.

No dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo si usted tiene preguntas o preocupaciones. Gracias por su apoyo continuo.

Joe Gothard, superintendente
(952) 707-2005
Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 15:22