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Teen arrested after threat at Mason City school

John Adams Middle School

MASON CITY – A teen was arrested this week after a threat was scrawled on a desk at the John Adams Middle School in Mason City.

Mason City police were called to John Adams Middle School 29 South Illinois Avenue, on Thursday morning, October 5 at about 8:39 AM. Officers arrested a 13-year-old student after taking a harassment report.

Friday, the school district said in a statement that “we want to assure you, the district has not received any kind of threat to any building or any persons in the district today.”

According to the school district, on Monday at John Adams Middle School there was an incident of a student leaving a disturbing message on a desk “that was not an immediate threat to any person or a building. From the moment we discovered the message, at no time was any student’s safety in jeopardy.

“Safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and school administration immediately investigated with the situation resulting in the student being suspended from school. The matter at that point was turned over to MCPD.

“We know that parents and families are feeling scared and concerned and anxious about the safety of their loved ones. We apologize for any confusion in regards to the timing of the reporting of this incident.”

The Mason City school district also clarified that the incident at John Adams was not connected to another statement from the school regarding threats that have been popping up in the area (Algona and Estherville among them) and across the country.

In addition, the district days “the school district has not been made aware of any additional threats since the issuance of its statement on Wednesday and wishes to assure its students, parents, staff and community that we will continue our commitment and resolve to keep safety our number one priority and communicate to the best of our ability with you all of the information at our disposal.”

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