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Suspicious package delays classes at Mason City High School 2 hours



This news story was published on March 21, 2013.
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John Adams Middle School currently used for most high school classes

John Adams Middle School currently used for most high school classes

MASON CITY – The Mason City High School and Alternative School started classes two hours late Thursday morning.  No other campuses were affected by this delay.

A message from the school district said that staff are to report on time.

According to reports, a suspicious package was located near the school and police were at the scene investigating.  Mason City Police officers had all entrances to the school area blocked off with yellow police caution tape.

Mason City police said Thursday morning the incident is under investigation and there was no threat to the public.

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From Mason City School District:

To Mason City High School families,

This morning, a staff member noticed something suspicious in front of the building. Following protocol and procedures ensuring student safety, the police department was contacted. We apologize for the late notice of the two-hour delay; it was a precautionary step to give the police department enough time to finish their investigation. We are committed to creating a safe and secure environment each and every day in and around our schools.

We will be maintaining our normal attendance policy as we guarantee the school is safe and we will operate as we have with all other 2 hour delays – starting 3rd period at 10:45 a.m.

We will still hold the National Honor Society Induction tonight in the MCHS Information Center.

Please feel free to contact the office at Mason City High School if you have additional questions, concerns, or if you have information.

Sincerely

T.J. Jumper, Director of Secondary Programs

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Police Tape blocking traffic at the MCHS / JAMS campus Thursday morning

Police Tape blocking traffic at the MCHS / JAMS campus Thursday morning

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11 Responses to Suspicious package delays classes at Mason City High School 2 hours

  1. sad but true Reply Report comment

    March 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    lighten up smoothy, everthing will be OK

  2. SMOOTHY Reply Report comment

    March 21, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Hey folks this needs to be taken very serious with this day and age things like this can end up costing a lot of people their life. Mason City is not exempt from mass killings and stuff like this pisses me off. Grow up and keep your stupid comments to the bar seats.

    • My Real Name Reply Report comment

      March 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      You are exactly right, this needs to be taken seriously. I applaud the schools for taking precautions. I have a child at the high school and it made me very nervous this morning to hear of this news. People always think that nothing can happen here. I’m sure that’s the way other communities that have seen school violence felt also, that it couldn’t happen in their town. It upsets me that people would joke about this. Grow up people!

      • Babyboomer55 Reply Report comment

        March 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        Yes, I agree! I have kids and friends who are there, as a parent I take it seriously.

  3. duh Reply Report comment

    March 21, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Did it have a camera and a microphone laying beside it with the mouth of the bag wide open spewing garbage?

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Are you talking about VICOR?… God it stinks today!!!

  4. duh Reply Report comment

    March 21, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Ha! It was probably just a heap of drunken, passed-out Bookmeyer.

    • duh Reply Report comment

      March 21, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Was it wrapped in a camel colored blazer?

  5. Allen Reply Report comment

    March 21, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Somebodies robbing a bank on the west side of town..