Threat at Linn-Mar Prompts Marion Police Presence on Campus
Not much is known yet beyond the announcement from the Linn-Mar school district, except that the incident appears to be dealt with.
The Marion Police Department confirmed that it had increased police presence on the Linn-Mar campus Tuesday in response to an unspecified threat against the school.
The school said in a statement that there was a "possible concern" at the high school, but things are now back to normal. When contacted, a school spokeswoman referred questions to Marion Police.
KCRG reports that the Marion Police Department confirmed having additional officers on campus this afternoon, but declined to describe the nature of the threat.
Marion Police Lt. Scott Elam said the officer will not be there beyond today.
"There was a threat regarding Linn-Mar," Elam said in an email. "We are investigating. As a precaution, an officer was placed at Linn-Mar. The officer at the school will be ending today.
The Linn-Mar school district, meanwhile, has released a statement about this threat, here is the entire text of that statement released on the school district's website:
At Linn-Mar Community Schools, threat assessment protocols are in place. Our district treats all threats seriously, investigating promptly and efficiently. Linn-Mar’s partnership with the Marion Police Department has always been good, and joint assessments of any threats made are thoroughly evaluated in consultation with law enforcement. Disciplinary and criminal enforcement steps are taken when deemed appropriate and necessary. Security measures are consistently reviewed and enhanced to insure the safety of all Linn-Mar students and staff. We want our community to know that as always, school safety officials are being extremely diligent in their endeavors.
We had a possible concern on Monday at Linn-Mar High School that has been addressed. The police are investigating and had an increased presence at LMHS as a precaution. Any details regarding the specific concern would be released by law enforcement. At this time we are back to business as usual and there is no longer an increased police presence on campus.
We ask parents take the time to talk to children about using communication devices responsibly. Students should stay away from passing on unsubstantiated rumors which can jeopardize school safety. If a student has information that something is going to happen, the student should contact an administrator or call 911 rather than text it to friends or share it on social media.
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