School resumes as normal in Le Mars

Lockout ends at Le Mars school

LE MARS, Iowa - UPDATE: All school activities resume as normal Thursday, with officers continuing a routine of monitoring hallways.

Authorities say, there is no threat.

PREVIOUS STORY: A Siouxland high school was on lock-out after authorities say a written threat from a student was discovered.

The Le Mars Community High School was on lockout Wednesday afternoon, limiting access in and out of the building. 

According to police, a student left a note in the building with a threatening message, which prompted the lockout just after 1:00 p.m. Students didn't know how to react at first but say when they found out the threat was real, the mood changed 

"I wasn't really sure what was going on, I thought it was a joke, but as it grew people became a little more scared, " said one student.

Numerous students told us today that although tensions were high, they remained calm for the most part. Students also said they stuck together in the classrooms and helped keep a calm atmosphere. 

The Le Mars Police Department say that a 14-year-old has been charged in the incident. The 14-year-old was transported to the Juvenile detention center in Cherokee. They face the felony charge of Threat of Terrorism. 

The Le Mars Police Department says that officers will continue to walk the halls of the schools as part of their routine school patrol. 


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