Bomb threat prompts temporary evacuation of Northwest Junior High in Coralville
Northwest Junior High School in Coralville was briefly evacuated after receiving a bomb threat Thursday, but a search by police turned up no explosives, Coralville police said.
The threat came two days after 30 schools across the state, including in Iowa City and North Liberty, were hit with false reports of active shooters.
Iowa City Community School District Superintendent Matt Degner sent an email to families of Northwest students at 9:24 a.m. Thursday saying the district was working with Coralville police to investigate the threat and that emergency personnel were at the school.
Police chief: Threat not related to Tuesday 'swatting' calls
Police Chief Shane Kron said officers and an explosives detection K9 from the University of Iowa Police Department conducted the search. He said the threat, made via email, was against both the school and several teachers.
He said he did not believe the threat was related to the so-called "swatting," or hoax calls, on Tuesday.
Although Kron said that based on the email containing the threat, he did not believe it to be credible or from a local person, the district in “an abundance of caution” evacuated the students and staff to expedite the search, which took less than an hour.
School resumes, but students allowed to go home
The students and staff took shelter at the Coralville Recreation Center. Classes resumed after the search, Kron confirmed, though families were allowed to take students out of school for the remainder of the day, if they preferred.
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