Threats of School Violence Lead to Charges for 12 Iowa Students

Threats of School Violence Lead to Charges for 12 Iowa Students

School officials and law enforcement agencies around the nation were on high alert at the end of the workweek as threats of school violence circulated on the TikTok app. Arrests happened across the U.S., including a dozen in Iowa. In Sioux City, a series of students were charged after police found online threats about violence at three different schools. Sioux City Police learned of the threats Thursday night, December 16. They included: Sioux City East High School students pointing phones like guns on TikTok posts. A post that illustrated a gun threat at Sioux City North Middle School. Threats suggested toward Sioux City East Middle School in an online conversation. A person who told multiple other people that they were going to take a gun to school. The Sioux City Police Department (SCPD) determined that the threats were made to cause panic among students and that none of the threats were legitimate. By noon Friday, December 17, harassment charges had been filed against six students. The SCPD says additional charges will be filed. Police also report the school district will keep those students out of school until a full investigation is complete and suspension or expulsion from the Sioux City Community School District is possible. In West Des Moines, police charged five different students at a junior high school after threats were made on social media. KCRG reports a pair of students were charged with terrorism, a felony. Three other students at Stilwell Junior High School face charges of […]

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