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Waseca community seeks answers, safety in wake of foiled school attack

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After police foiled a bomb plot in Waseca, the community rallied Friday night at the high school to discuss safety and to address parent and student concerns. Waseca high school was closed for scheduled staff training gave the entire community an opportunity to process the news.

In the community meeting, Superintendent Tom Lee reassured parents and students it’s safe to come back to school on Monday.

“Take your time,” said Superintendent Lee. “Take your time. We want to make sure you’re comfortable when you come back.”

Media was not allowed into the school’s packed auditorium but did say he talked about school security, emphasized the need to look out for one another and also used the time for soul searching.


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“We’re asking ourselves questions,” said Superintendent Lee. “Did we miss something? Should we have seen something coming?”

Those questions continue to be asked after police stopped 17 year old John Ladue from carrying out a play to murder his family and attack Waseca Junior and Senior High Schools with explosives. Police arrested Ladue on Tuesday at a storage facility after a suspicious neighbor called 9-1-1. They also found a stash of guns and bombs inside his home. Investigators say Ladue told them he planned on carrying out the attack on April 20th, the anniversary of the Columbine shootings that fell on Easter Sunday this year. Police say Ladue was just weeks away from trying again on a school day.

Parents are trying to make sense of it all and gain some guidance on explaining it to their own children.

“I’m here to just kind of get some feedback in how to talk to my kids,” said Rebecca Speakers a Waseca parent.

School leaders say counselors will be available for students and teachers on Monday. Ladue already faces multiple charges as a juvenile, but the county attorney says he will also be charged as an adult.

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