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Iowa Department of Public Safety Gives Status Report on Possible School Threats

*The following statement is from the Iowa Department of Public Safety on Possible December 17 school threats:

DES MOINES, Iowa – Today, school districts and law enforcement across Iowa worked together to address perceived threats against schools across the nation being posted on social media platforms.  Many school districts and local law enforcement agencies proactively addressed these concerns with parents, students, and staff.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety monitored the situation throughout the day, and worked with school districts and local law enforcement on a small handful of concerns.  No creditable threats of immediate action were received by the Division of Intelligence. Public coverage highlighting these types of concerns is clearly important, but we always need to be careful about sensationalizing that coverage.  A person on a path to violence may seek out the notoriety that comes with sensationalized coverage.  The Department of Public Safety will continue to monitor social media threats, and will continue to work with our local law enforcement partners and schools to ensure the safety of the public.

*Earlier this week, Mason City Police investigated possible threats against students, staff and facilities within Mason City High School. Two students were referred to juvenile court services charged with threats of terrorism on Wednesday. The investigation is ongoing.

*Cedar Rapids Police Friday arrested a student at McKinley Middle School for having a loaded handgun in the student’s locker.

*Dubuque Police arrested a 12-year-old student Friday  for making a threat against the Dubuque Middle School

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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