Student threatens Minneapolis college nursing instructor

Officials at Minneapolis Community & Technical College are investigating a threatening e-mail that a failed student has sent to a faculty member in the nursing department.

College spokeswoman Dawn Skelly said that a student was unhappy over being asked to leave the program and sent a letter to the instructor, director of nursing, dean of nursing, the college's director of legal affairs and the college president.

He threatened one of the administrators, and college officials have turned the e-mails over to the police.

No classes have been canceled, and Skelly said school officials have sent out no official notification.

"We didn’t have any reason to believe that the student body or employees in general were at risk," she said.

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The instructor however, has asked campus officials to post one of the college's on-campus public safety officers outside of class and act as an escort to the parking lot.

Skelly said the college is not releasing the names of the student, instructor or threatened administrator, or identifying information.

"It's a small department," she said.

The student is no longer enrolled at the college, Skelly said, and has told school officials he is instead "attending a nursing program in another country."

Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer said he had no knowledge of the situation, but was looking into it.