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Mason City police issue statement after threat to school pep rally

This news story was published on February 27, 2018.
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Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley

MASON CITY – This afternoon, Mason City police issued a statement after a threat was made yesterday to a pep rally that took place at the High School.

Here is the statement from Mason City Police Chief Jeff Brinkley:

Yesterday, the Mason City Police Department responded to a social media threat that was made at the Mason City High School. We worked with school officials to investigate the threat and to help make a determination about the remainder of the school day. Based on the information known to us at the time, we supported the decision to finish the school day, as planned. We are continuing to investigate this incident and would ask anyone with information about it to contact Lt. Rich Jensen at 641-421-3636.


Today we are releasing the Instagram message that was widely circulated among students and parents yesterday. The image has been edited slightly, in order to remove the identity of the account holder and to remove profanity. We also hope that this helps to provide some context for students, parents, and the community about these kinds of incidents.

There is no guidebook for school or law enforcement officials in making decisions about what to do when these situations arise. We must balance the interests of school safety, public safety, and an appropriate law enforcement response against panic and fear that is generated by these kinds of messages. When we allow panic and fear to guide our decision-making, then the message writer accomplishes their goal.

I also want to share this message with students and parents. It is not ok to REPOST these kinds of messages. It is appropriate to REPORT them – to school officials and/or law enforcement. When we blindly forward or share these kinds of messages, we are not part of the solution. Nor do we give school or law enforcement officials time and information that will help them to respond appropriately to these scenarios.

We encourage students, parents, and community members to think proactively about their safety at all times. When you see something suspicious, do your part by reporting it to your local law enforcement agency.

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4 Responses to Mason City police issue statement after threat to school pep rally

  1. mint Reply Report comment

    March 1, 2018 at 7:33 am

    With the Smith – Mundt act of 1948, revised in 2012 and able to use against American citizens, and all of the Psyops, False flags who knows’ what is actually true, the Smith – Mundt act makes it legal to use propaganda/lie to citizens of the U.S., there are many actors on the stage with one agenda N.W.O., video by Truthstream Media, “And Now For Your Regularly Scheduled Brainwashing”,

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 27, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Lost all respect for Mc law enforcement years ago, botched ivestigaions, arresting complete innocent citizens and paying huge civil lawsuits, there own officers committing illegal crimes and sweeping under the rug, etc etc etc goes on and on without even being correctly addressed.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 27, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Maybe it was a retired teacher who did it.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Did they find 2 guns or did they not find 2 guns?