Safety Incident at ABEC – New Safety Update


Dear 287 Families,

I wanted to make you aware of a safety incident at Ann Bremer Education Center (ABEC), one of our schools, in Brooklyn Park. ABEC was placed in a hard lockdown this morning because it was reported that a student had a gun in their jacket. We investigated and found a loaded gun. The weapon was secured immediately, was not used, and no one was physically hurt. Police were called and removed the student and the weapon from the school grounds. The regular school schedule resumed after the lockdown.  

School safety is on everyone’s minds. We’ve had multiple serious safety incidents this school year involving weapons, and our school community is still processing and healing from them. There are likely no words I can write in a message that can ease the fears we all have. 

Wanding Students and Unscheduled Visitors Until Further Notice

One immediate step we are taking across our four school sites is to wand students and unscheduled visitors as they enter the building, until further notice. We understand some students will need to adjust to this updated screening routine, and our staff stand ready to support students. Please note that this will not affect students attending Hennepin Technical College or those who access Care and Treatment programs.

I am thankful for the work of the Safety Response Team which is working hard to evaluate our safety practices and determine what needs to be changed. I appreciate those families who were able to take the safety survey, due today, and hope that – if you have not already done so – you will complete it too.

We know that these types of situations can be traumatizing. Mental health staff are available to connect with students to help them process the incident. A situation like this can feel overwhelming, terrifying, and too close to home. We have resources on our website about how to talk with students about gun violence. We especially recommend these two resources:

We understand that families may have questions about this safety incident and other aspects of safety across our buildings. If your family needs additional information or support during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to the principal at your student’s school.

 

Sincerely,

Sandy Lewandowski