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Robert Baker loses sub teaching job, threatens to blow up Osseo, Maple Grove schools

Robert Baker wants to blow up Osseo and Maple Grove high schools -- but at least he plans to wait until students aren't there.
Robert Baker wants to blow up Osseo and Maple Grove high schools -- but at least he plans to wait until students aren't there.

Robert Christopher Baker used to work as a substitute teacher at the Osseo and Maple Grove high schools. Either he was crazy when he started working there or he had a breakdown sometime after starting, because he lost his job in January after making obscene statements about district employees and threatening staff and their children.

That behavior resulted in Baker being banned from Maple Grove school district property, but on Tuesday Baker took things to a whole new level of crazy.

He published a Facebook post featuring a cartoon figure holding what appears to be a rocket launcher. Underneath the image is a caption reading: "FIRST, we'll blow up OSSEO SENIOR. Then, we'll blow up MAPLE GROVE SENIOR."

A concerned parent reported the Facebook post to police after his teenage daughter noticed it. Baker was quickly arrested and charged with making terroristic threats.

In response to the threat, Sara Vering, principal at Maple Grove Senior High School, sent a recorded message to families of district students yesterday. It said, in part:

We take all safety concerns seriously. I am confident that the action of law enforcement, combined with our on-going, rigorous safety protocols, will continue to promote a safe and healthy environment at our school.

For what it's worth, Baker told police that he wanted to blow up the schools when students weren't there. What a sweetheart.

Baker remains in police custody at Hennepin County jail.


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