October 7, 2022
Important update from the principal
CRHS Parents and guardians,
I’m writing to provide information and context to law enforcement activity witnessed near the CRHS stadium during the homecoming football game last night. All students and staff are safe.
This situation involved a small group of individuals who were taken into custody during a traffic stop on Raven Street across Northdale Boulevard from the stadium. Earlier in the evening, these individuals were denied attendance at the game following district safety guidelines as they are individuals who do not attend Coon Rapids High School or any other Anoka-Hennepin school.
The District recently increased security procedures at events to ensure safety following incidents at other metro area high schools. These guidelines limit entrance to students at participating schools with identification and adult supervision for younger students amongst other strategies.
The action of an alert citizen tipped off law enforcement and school officials regarding the possible possession of weapons by these individuals. Coon Rapids Police worked quickly to locate and secure these individuals into custody and were able to confiscate the weapons to ensure community safety. The Coon Rapids Police Department plans to issue a press release later this morning.
Protecting the safety of students, staff and visitors continues to be a priority at Coon Rapids High School. We are committed to sharing accurate information as quickly as we are able regarding safety concerns at our school, please understand that we are unable to share additional information due to data privacy concerns and an ongoing law enforcement investigation.
You may hear about this situation from your student or in the community and we appreciate your attention to this message and your support of our school. This incident serves as an example of law enforcement, school administration and alert citizens working together to keep our school safe. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have questions, I can be reached at 763-506-7100.
In closing, it’s important to note that we can all work together to keep our schools safe. If you or anyone in your family sees something or hear something we ask that you say something. Thank you for your attention to this message.
John Peña, principal
Coon Rapids High School