Monday afternoon, the Storm Lake Police and Fire Departments were dispatched shortly after 1:00 p.m. to the Storm Lake High School to investigate a bomb threat.
Responding public safety units were told a school administrator had seen a threatening message written on a wall in one of the men’s restrooms. After observing the message school administration notified 911 and evacuated the high school. The Iowa Central Community College which is attached to the east end of the high school was also evacuated.
Police shut down streets and parking lots around the school. Shortly after two o’clock, search teams entered the facility and conducted a search for any suspicious device or object. Following a search, the facility was determined to be safe… and faculty and staff were allowed back into the school at about 3:15.
The Storm Lake Police Department is conducting an investigation and anyone with information as to who wrote the threatening message is asked to contact the Department. A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or person’s responsible for the threat.
The Storm Lake Police and Fire Departments were assisted at the scene by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department, the Iowa State Patrol, the Newell Police Department, and Buena Vista county Paramedics.
Monday evening, superintendent Carl Turner announced a false text message was being sent to students. He stated the district will have full days of school all week at all buildings.