Savage Area Legislators Statement on Arrest of Eagle Ridge Middle School Principal

In a news report Thursday, it was revealed that the principal of Eagle Ridge Middle School of ISD 191 in Savage was arrested on the suspicion of the sexual exploitation of minors. Thankfully, at this time there is no indication that any District 191 students were involved in the situation.

In response, Senator Lindsey Port (DFL-Burnsville), Representative Jessica Hanson (DFL-Burnsville), and Representative Kaela Berg (DFL-Burnsville) issued the following statement: 

“As parents, we join the collective shock of our community in the news of this arrest. The safety of our children in schools is of the utmost concern, and this betrayal of community trust is heartbreaking. We want to thank the hard work of members of law enforcement for their swift action and for helping to keep our community, schools, and children safe.

“It is unacceptable that Minnesota has the third highest rate of child sexual exploitation, and this arrest should serve as a stark reminder that we must do more to address and prevent these crimes.”

If you or someone in your care and custody believe they were a victim of a crime associated with Selim occurring within the City of Savage, please contact the Savage Police Department by calling 952-882-2600.

Help is also available at https://www.mncasa.org/find-help/ or by calling the National Sexual Assault Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE.

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Lindsey Port represents Senate District 56, which covers the communities of Burnsville, Savage, and the northwest part of Lakeville.

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