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Dunkerton student's classmates: Lindsey was 'well-liked'

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) - The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office continues to lead a search for 18-year old Dunkerton High School senior, Maryo Lindsey.

Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson said he wasn't available to talk about the search because he was off work until Monday.

When asked why he hadn't returned inquiries from KWWL, he said in an email he avoided answering questions because he was "trying to have Dunkerton PD manage the case."

According to a press release from the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office, however, an arrest warrant has been issued for Lindsey who faces several charges after a coach found a gun in his football bag last week.

The release states one of the charges against Lindsey is possession of a firearm as a felon. He also faces charges of carrying weapons on school grounds and possession of a controlled substance.

Online court records show Lindsey was arrested in Waterloo in 2012 for multiple gun charges. And although most of those charges were dropped, the court records indicate Lindsey did have to spend time on probation.

Lindsey's classmates, who were not comfortable talking on camera, told KWWL Lindsey was a well-liked football player, and he was a good writer.

Some of them told KWWL they knew about his past, but they said he had served his time, and they never felt threatened by him.

Staci Hupp from the Iowa Department of Education said there are no rules preventing convicted felons from enrolling in a public school.

She said districts can take steps to expel a student, but that if a student is of school age, that student is entitled to be enrolled in school regardless of his or her criminal history.

The Dunkerton Community School District said it will remain in a "Secure Situation" until Lindsey, a Dunkerton resident, is arrested or until law enforcement advises the district it is safe to resume normal activities.

Superintended Jim Stanton did not respond to inquiries about whether the district had policies regarding convicted felons playing on the football team.

Attempts to reach Lindsey's family for an interview were unsuccessful on Friday.
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