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Two juveniles sent away after threats made toward Mason City schools

MASON CITY – This morning the Mason City Police Department was contacted by the Mason City Community School District over concerns of a social media post that was circulating amongst some students.

During the investigation it was learned that a Snapchat post was made by a pre-teen Mason City School student who school staff identified during their initial investigation. The student and parent were cooperative and were interviewed by investigators.

The post was a warning about threats of violent acts that were to take place on Friday. The investigation revealed that the student did not have any direct information of any threats made specifically towards Mason City schools.

MCPD personnel were called to the Mason City High School at approximately 12:45 p.m. today on two separate incidents of MCHS students who were making specific threats of violence towards students, staff, and facilities. After investigation, two students were referred to Juvenile Court Services for a single count of Threats of Terrorism in violation of Iowa Code section 708A.5.

Today’s incidents remain under investigation. The Mason City Community School District is fully working with the Mason City Police Department to investigate these incidents and to insure that we have a safe environment for students and staff.

Mason City police encourage parents to talk to their school-aged children about responsible use of social media; how to report suspicious, unusual, or criminal activity when they see it; and when it is appropriate to make notification to teachers or school administration about what is happening in their school.

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