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FORT DODGE | A 15-year-old male has been charged with a felony for threatening a school shooting in Fort Dodge, according to police. 

A school resource officer was made aware of threats on social media Tuesday afternoon, the Fort Dodge Police Department said in a news release. 

"Information provided indicated that communications were being passed back and forth among juveniles involving the discussion of participating in a school shooting," police said. 

Officers and school staff determined the juveniles were of middle- and high-school age and attend school in Fort Dodge, according to police. 

Police spoke with individuals who were directly involved and others who had knowledge of the communications.

Officers also searched the residence of the juvenile they said perpetrated the threats. Police said the juvenile "did not have immediate access to items to carry out such an act" and that "no such items were located during that search."

As a result of the investigation, a 15-year-old male was taken into custody and charged with felony threats of terrorism. Due to teen's age, police say he will not be identified. 

He has been transported to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora to await further juvenile proceedings. 

Police commended students for reporting the threats, saying their immediate decision to say something "made the difference in allowing both school staff and the School Resource Officers to effectively intervene in the matter potentially preventing harm to others."

"On behalf of the Fort Dodge Police Department, the Fort Dodge Community School District, and all the citizens of Fort Dodge and Webster County, we would like to commend those students who came forward," police said in the news release. "These students displayed exemplary actions in communicating this information."

The incident remains under investigation. 


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