School threats hitting to close to home
(ABC 6 News) – It doesn’t matter if you talked to law enforcement, a school leader or someone at the gas station, they all agreed threats are hitting too close to home.
In the last 30 days, not one, but two Mitchell County schools are at the center of violent threats. With over 10,000 people in the community, many say they’re scared.
“There was a lot of anxiety in the community that’s why we did shutdown school for a day,” said St. Ansgar Superintendent Michael Crozier.
Earlier in January threats were made to St. Ansgar Schools. Prompting immediate action form law enforcement and school leaders to ensure the safety of students and staff.
“It’s quite a fearful experience because you don’t know. You have to take every threat serious because you don’t know if it’s made up or a creditable threat,” said Crozier.
Mitchell County Sheriff Greg Beaver says threats made online like this one takes a while to investigate.
“Needing a search warrant for information for instance snapchat social media platform it could take up to 3 to 4 hours to obtain a search warrant and the information we are requesting and then to analyze it. So, it takes a lot of time when these investigations are time sensitive,” said Beaver.
Tuesday, a former student targeted Osage High and Middle School.
But police say it’s because of responsible current students that made a quick resolution possible.
“Actually, the kid who turned it in, we knew him. And that was probably part of it. He knew the kids at school, so they call us,” Osage Police Chief Brain Wright.
Now officials like Wright are trying to make kids feel safe again.
“A lot of kids were pretty upset. As a matter of fact, as I was leaving the school after this incident a kid walked up to me and I knew him, and I said ‘how we doing?’ And he said ‘I’m a little nervous’ and said ‘here’s the deal we got it taken care of. You’re safe I promise,'” said Wright.
A 14-year-old suspect has been taken into custody in Wayne County, near the southern border of Iowa. The county attorney there is considering charges of terrorism and harassment.