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MASON CITY | A juvenile has been referred to court for threatening to bring a weapon to school to use against others, police said Saturday afternoon.

The school resource officer was alerted about 4 p.m. Friday that a student at Mason City High School made the threat against the “safety of students at staff” at the high school during the school day, Mason City Schools and the Mason City Police Department said in separate news releases sent out about 4 p.m. Saturday.

High school administration contacted police via the resource officer, and the department took over the investigation, the district said in a news release.

The student has been referred to Juvenile Court Services on charges related to the incident, police said in their release.

Citing juvenile law that “prohibits the release of information that would identify the student involved,” police did not specify what the student has been charged with or the student’s age.

Court records relating to people under the age of 18 are confidential in Iowa, unless a teen is charged in adult court or charged with a forcible felony, such as murder.

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff are the number one priority of the Mason City Community Schools,” the district said in a news release. “At no time during the investigation of this incident was there a direct threat to students or staff.”

Mason City Schools says it will continue to work closely with the police department on the investigation to “insure a safe environment where our students may receive a quality education in a caring and responsive environment.”

Classes are expected to resumes as normal on Monday, according to the district. 

No other details have been released, but anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Mason City Police Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Rich Jensen at 641-421-3636.

Riceville Schools in Howard County canceled classes Thursday due to a shooting threat. A female is accused of messaging an person online asking him to "shoot up Riceville School," according to law enforcement. Neither party has been identified, and the FBI is investigating the incident. 

Contact Ashley at 641-421-0556 or on Twitter @GGashkmiller. 


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