ORONO, Minn. -- An online fundraising campaign has raised more than $31,000 for the family of the boy who posted threats on social media last week that triggered the lockdown at Orono public schools in the western suburbs of Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The GoFundMe page was started with the blessing of the boy’s family on Saturday. The boy, who has autism, was arrested Wednesday at school and is being held at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Orono public schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday after a “direct threat of gun violence at Orono schools” was posted on both Twitter and Facebook.
“The social media post was made in frustration with a group discussion regarding school safety, without the benefit of impulse control,” according to a statement placed on the GoFundMe page. “There was no intention, nor the means, to carry out the threat.”
According to the post, the boy “is deeply broken, and the situation is dire. He is despondent, and his special needs condition prevents him from coping with his detention. He is in an immediate health crisis and needs legal representation to navigate through his circumstances and get him the care and treatment that he desperately needs.”
The money will be used to help pay “legal expenses associated with psychiatric and psychological assessment, medical expenses, lost wages, and other tangible impacts,” according to the site.
He’s not being named because he is a juvenile.