Southwest High School closes because of threat

High school closed Wednesday, but police found no unsafe materials. Classes resume Thursday.

LINDEN HILLS — Southwest High School will reopen Thursday after a bomb threat forced a one-day closure.

A bomb threat “specific to Southwest” was received Tuesday evening, Minneapolis Public Schools reported. In a phone message to Southwest families, Principal Bill Smith called it a “credible threat” and made the decision to close the school Wednesday, also canceling all extra-curricular activities.

Minneapolis Police conducted a walk-through of the school Wednesday morning and found “no unsafe materials,” the district reported. The police investigation into the incident was ongoing as of noon Wednesday, preventing the district from releasing more details.

Students were urged to participate in classroom discussions and complete online coursework while out of school.

Here’s information posted on the school’s Facebook page


Southwest High School will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 28, due to a threat to the school community. The Minneapolis Police Department is responding to the incident. The safety of students and staff is our priority, which is why MPS made the decision to close.

This closure affects all Southwest High School events, including Community Education classes, athletics events and all extracurricular activities. All other MPS schools will remain open.

Staff and students are encouraged to participate in classroom discussions and online coursework as much as possible Jan. 28. We will continue to update families with more information as it is available.


— Dylan Thomas contributed to this report.