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MARCUS, Iowa -- A meeting will be held late Thursday for school officials and parents to discuss a shooting threat that occurred on Feb. 8 in the MMCRU school district.

In a Facebook post from noon Thursday, school officials shared a release that said administrators were notified on Feb. 9 that one day before a "student had made a shooting threat."

The release said an investigation showed the student involved was not at the high school in Marcus on Feb. 8, and police from Marcus and Remsen worked through details of the incident.

"Police have issued a referral to juvenile court with the citation of threats of terrorism. At no time were student's lives in danger nor was there any question of student safety," the release said.

A second Facebook post later announced a community meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. in Marcus "to address questions and concerns regarding the recent parent letter."

Under a whole-grade sharing agreement between Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn and Remsen-Union, the MMCRU High School is in Marcus and the middle school is in Remsen.

The meeting comes in the wake of a shooting in a Florida school on Wednesday, where 17 students and adults were killed by a 19-year-old man who has been charged with premeditated murder.

Also just west of MMCRU, a 14-year-old student was taken into custody Wednesday after police said the student left a threatening note in a Le Mars High School classroom, leading school officials to place the building in lockout mode.


County and education reporter

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