A 15-year-old male juvenile has been arrested for making threats against New Hampton Schools.
New Hampton Police Zach Nosbisch says his department was notified by school administration of a possible threat against the school regarding a shooting Wednesday afternoon. NHPD immediately began an investigation, working in close contact with school administrators.
Thursday morning, NHPD made contact with a 15-year-old juvenile male and took him into custody on a charge of threat of terrorism, a Class D Felony. He was transported to the North Iowa Juvenile Detention center in Waterloo. Nosbisch notes that due to the age of the offender in this incident and throughout the investigation, no names will be released.
Nosbisch also adds, “The incident has been thoroughly investigated and it has been determined that there is no credible evidence of an active threat to our students or staff. As always, the safety of our students and staff is most important in all decisions regarding our schools.”
After the threat was received, the New Hampton School Board distributed a letter about the situation to families in the school district. The letter noted that the possible threat was made after classes had been dismissed Wednesday afternoon.
You can read the complete police department news release as well as the School Board letter below:
22 S Locust Ave. New Hampton, IA 50659
On Wednesday, 9/21/2022, the New Hampton Police Department was notified by administration of the New Hampton Community Schools of a possible threat against the school regarding a shooting.
The New Hampton Police Department immediately began an investigation into the threat. The investigating officer was in close contact with school administers throughout the investigation.
This morning, 9/22/2022, officers of the New Hampton Police Department made contact with a 15 year old juvenile male where he was taken into custody on the following charges;
- Threat of Terrorism (D Felony)
The juvenile was transported to the North Iowa Juvenile Detention center in Waterloo. Due to the age of the offender in this incident and through out the investigation, no names will be released.
The incident has been thoroughly investigated and it has been determined that there is no credible evidence of an active threat to our students or staff. As always, the safety of our students and staff is most important in all decisions regarding our schools.
The New Hampton Police Department works closely with the New Hampton School staff and administration anytime a potential threat or concern is raised.
The New Hampton Police Department appreciates the cooperation received from school administration. We strongly encourage parents to speak with their children concerning the consequences of their actions.
**** A criminal charge is merely an accusation. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ***
Zach Nosbisch, Chief of Police
New Hampton Community School District
Jay Matthews, President
Tim Denner, Vice-Pres.
JAY JURRENS, SUPERINTENDENT
710 WEST MAIN STREET
NEW HAMPTON, IOWA 50659
FAX (641) 394-2921
September 21, 2022
Re: Reported Threat
The New Hampton Community School District was notified of a possible threat after school was dismissed this
afternoon. We immediately notified the New Hampton Police Department and have been working with them to
investigate this threat. They have contacted the involved parties, investigated the reported threats and are taking
appropriate action. We are happy to report that there are no credible threats to the students or staff at this time.
We want to thank the students who came back to school to let us know of the threat and also the individuals who
contacted the New Hampton Police Department. We also want to thank the New Hampton Police Department for
their help in investigating this threat. They are a great partner in keeping our school and community safe. If you
ever see or hear something, please contact the police department and/or the school district right away. Working
together is how we keep everyone safe.
New Hampton Community Schools