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Le Mars High School

LE MARS, Iowa | A 14-year-old student was taken into custody Wednesday after police say the student left a threatening note in a Le Mars High School classroom, leading school officials to place the building in lockout mode.

The student, who has not been named, was transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Cherokee, Iowa, and faces a felony charge of threat of terrorism, according to a news release from the Le Mars Police Department.

No one was harmed in the incident.

"It was found that at no time was there a threat to any student, at any time," Le Mars Community Schools superintendent Steve Webner said in a news release.

Police were notified at 1 p.m. that the note involving threats had been found at the high school, and the school was put into lockout mode, according to district protocol, Webner said.

Police responded to the school, 921 Third Ave. SW, at 1:02 p.m. to investigate the threat and set up a perimeter around the school to prevent entry. The investigation discovered that the 14-year-old student had left the note.

The school was taken out of lockout status at about 2 p.m. Police officers remained on the scene, and Webner said the school functioned normally the remainder of the day.

Officers will continue to walk the halls of each school building in the district on a daily basis and continue routine school patrols, the department news release said.

Wednesday's incident was the second potentially threatening situation at the school this week.

The police department posted a message on its Facebook page that at 6 p.m. Monday officers investigated a call about a suspicious person possibly carrying a firearm in the 800 block of Second Ave. SW near the high school. The area was searched and no one was located. Police presence in the area was increased while school activities at the high school and middle school were taking place that evening.


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