Threat Causes Early Dismissal For West Sioux Students

Hawarden, Iowa — High school and middle school students in the West Sioux Community School District were dismissed early Tuesday after a student found a threatening note written on one of the toilet paper dispensers in a school bathroom.

In a message sent to parents, school officials said that without the ability to verify when the threat was written or its credibility, they chose to err on the side of caution.

The district says the Hawarden Police and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office were notified and responded immediately, and after talking to both agencies, the district decided to dismiss early.

Law enforcement directed all high school students, who were in the auditorium at the time, to leave the building without returning to their lockers or classrooms. The district says middle school students were released directly from their classrooms.

A continued police presence at the West Sioux schools will be in effect for the next couple of days.

(Courtesy fellow Community First Broadcasting station KSOU in Sioux Center and Media Partner KTIV)


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