STORM LAKE, Iowa -- A 16-year-old boy has been accused of making threats at Storm Lake High School.

The unidentified student was taken into custody Friday and charged with allegedly making threats of terrorism, a class D felony.

Storm Lake Police was dispatched at 1:36 p.m. Friday in reference to a theft at the high school. Police met with school administrators who said the 16-year-old had allegedly created a list of people he wanted to kill. The 16-year-old showed or referenced the list to other students on Thursday.

Police said the list included names of fellow students, faculty, school administrators, family members and law enforcement members and alleged the suspect was planning to bring a knife to school. 

Also Friday, police conducted a consent search at 520 Terrance St. in connection with this investigation, seizing items of evidence.

Following his arrest, the 16-year-old male was processed and transported to the Youth Detention Facility in Cherokee, Iowa, pending a court date.

Police credit the willingness of students to report the suspicious activity and the quick response of school administrators in averting what could have been a serious tragedy.

"We'll never really know just what was going to happen in this incident but it's clear that the possibilities could have been terrible," Storm Lake Assistant Police Chief Chris Cole said in a news release. "This is a good example of people coming forward and providing information that stopped a potential crisis."

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