Schools in Iowa, Nebraska Closed Wednesday While Police Investigate Threats
A school district in Iowa canceled school on Wednesday, Oct. 4 after it was alerted to an unidentified threat to the school system.
The Algona School District in northern Iowa sent an email out on Tuesday, saying that the school would be closed the following day while authorities determined the source of the threat.
Classes cancelled Wednesday, October 4. Please see email for details.
— Algona CSD (@algonacsd) October 4, 2017
“School administration was informed by local law enforcement of a threat against the Algona school system. Since the credibility of the threat could not be determined prior to school starting Wednesday, administration and law enforcement decided to cancel school for Wednesday, October 4th (tomorrow) to ensure the safety of students,” district superintendent, Marty Fonley, said in a statement on Facebook and on the district’s website.
Also closed on Wednesday were schools in the far east of Nebraska in Plattsmouth.
The district said on its website that authorities were investigating threats against the Plattsmouth Middle School posted on social media by a student.
Channel 4 KTIV reported that the student threatened a shooting at the school.
A statement on the district’s website says law enforcement finished its investigation and the student was removed from the school.
“Law enforcement believes there is no longer a threat,” it said.
THREAT UPDATE-Please read the attached information that was sent via Infinite Campus and is posted on our district website and Facebook. pic.twitter.com/OnIrIn0Wx9
— Dr. Richard E. Hasty (@PCSD68048_Supt) October 4, 2017
The closures happened a day after another school district in Iowa was hit with threats that authorities later said couldn’t be substantiated.
Schools in Johnston, Iowa, closed Tuesday after people received threatening text messages.
“Anyone that would receive text messages that are threatening in nature, we want to contact them directly,” said Johnston Police Chief Dennis McDaniel at a news conference.
McDaniel said that the FBI and cybersecurity experts were involved in the investigation, according to the DesMoines Register.
“This investigation is now being treated as a cybercrime and involves hackers preying upon our worst fears in a day and age where school violence has become all too real,” McDaniel said in a statement on Wednesday.