The evening of September 4 the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding a threat towards the St. Croix Preparatory Academy.
September 5 near 4 p.m., the sheriff’s office was called to St. Croix Preparatory Academy in Baytown Township on a report of a suspicious person in a field outside the school. Staff inside the school activated a “lock-down” procedure in coordination with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to ensure the safety of the students.
No one matching the description was located during an extensive search of the school property and surrounding area. This incident extended the school day until it was determined the described person was not on or near the school premises. The sheriff’s office later determined that the threat currently being investigated and the suspicious person call are not related.
In the following days, officers increased law enforcement presence at the school.
“The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and St. Croix Preparatory Academy take threats of school safety seriously and are working in partnership to provide a safe learning environment,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.