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Savage Police began an investigation after the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District reported receiving threats of violence on social media this week.

Savage Police are investigating social media threats of violence received by the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District and were patrolling several Savage elementary and middle schools Thursday, the department said. 

Two threats were posted by a single account, with one saying the violence would happen Wednesday, according to a Thursday afternoon news release from the department.

Police Chief Rodney Seurer earlier in the day said officers and staff members were on alert at M.W. Savage, Hidden Valley and Harriot Bishop elementary schools and at Eagle Ridge Middle School.

It was unclear as of Friday morning whether the police presence would continue; officials with the district and department didn't return phone messages Thursday and Friday requesting comment. 

“We encourage all residents, parents, and students to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity to the authorities," Seurer said in a written statement. "Savage Police Department first responders are, and have been, working tirelessly to ensure public safety in and around our schools.”

The department's earlier news release referred to a single threat and said it didn't include an occurrence time. 

District spokesman Aaron Tinklenberg said the district's Twitter account found a threat through Twitter on Wednesday afternoon mentioning all of the district's Savage schools.

The district alerted parents and reached police, who didn't recommend evacuating or changing dismissal procedures, Tinklenberg added. He said the schools affected haven't changed anything in their day-to-day schedules but did have at least a patrol car nearby. 

Threats are often meant simply to interrupt daily routines and cause confusion and fear, police said, but they take all threats seriously, noting threatening communications are local, state and federal crimes. 

Police asked anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Pat Miller at 952-882-2618. Anonymous tips can also be left at crimestoppersmn.org

Miller didn't return two phone messages requesting comment Thursday. 

The district has received other threats in recent months. Burnsville Police late last year said a 14-year-old Burnsville High School student was in custody after they said the student claimed on social media that the school was "getting shot up." 

High school officials in October said a rumored fight among students, possibly with weapons, didn't occur after it began an investigation with Burnsville Police. 

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates as we get more information. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated when the school district reported threatening communication. That happened Wednesday afternoon. 

Community editor

Dan Holtmeyer is the community editor for the Prior Lake and Savage papers. He grew up in Nebraska and worked as a journalist in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas before coming to Minnesota in 2018.