North High School

The entrance to North High School in Sioux City.

SIOUX CITY  | Contrary to a threat aired this morning in the Sioux City School District, no bomb went off at North Middle School early Tuesday afternoon.

Sioux City Police Department Lt. Pat McCann said a second sweep is being conducted at North High School just before 2 p.m. in the attempt to confirm no bomb is present in the school.

Sioux City School District Spokeswoman Mandie Mayo said the North High students were evacuated to an off-site location and won't return until the building is confirmed as completely safe.

The Sioux City Police Department responded to a bomb call just before 10 a.m. at the school in the 4200 block of Cheyenne Boulevard.

A release from the school district to the Journal at 1:15 p.m. said, "The Sioux City Community School District is working closely with the Sioux City Police Department following the report of a bomb threat for North High School. The bomb is allegedly scheduled to go off at 1:28 pm."

Mayo said the threat was first identified by a student who saw the message displayed on a Minecraft message board.

"In a situation like this, student safety is our highest priority," she said, so the evacuation took place in line with the school district crisis plan.

Mayo told the Journal that school officials are working with police to find any culprits associated with the bomb threat incident. She said it is more likely that one person, rather than several, logged into the Minecraft account to place the bomb threat.

Mayo said any student involved in the incident would receive punishment in line with school policy.

McCann said police did a first sweep of the school right away in the initial response.

Updated 1:55 p.m.


SIOUX CITY | Authorities are responding to a bomb threat that was made Tuesday morning in the vicinity of North High School.

The call came to the Sioux City Police Department just before 10 a.m., and and authorities went to the 4200 block of Cheyenne Boulevard.

A release from the school district to the Journal at 1:15 p.m. says, "The Sioux City Community School District is working closely with the Sioux City Police Department following the report of a bomb threat for North High School. The bomb is allegedly scheduled to go off at 1:28 pm."

The message continues, "The threat was first identified by a student that saw the message displayed on a Minecraft message board. In a situation like this, student safety is our highest priority. Therefore, students are currently being evacuated to a safe location identified in the school’s crisis plan."

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