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Hundreds skip school due to gun threat in Monticello

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MONTICELLO (KWWL) -

It's not the typical day at Monticello High School.

"It's been kind of a hectic day.  I received a call from one of our administrators this morning that the local police had received a Text 2 Tell message that said there was a possibility someone might be bringing a weapon, a gun to school today," said superintendent of Monticello Community Schools, Chris Anderson.

The Monticello police department says it received a text from the tipster shortly before school started.

They couldn't get more details because the person left the conversation.

"Given the current state of affairs nation wide, we chose to take it seriously and as soon  as we were able to, we informed parent," added Anderson.

The district posted on its website they didn't anticipate danger to any of the students, but they did take the threat seriously.

There was a higher police presence at the school.

"High number of students did check out, around 200 in the high school, which is well over half and about 100 in the middle school, and in the two elementaries combined 25...27 in that range," said Anderson.

The day will be excused for the high school students that missed classes Monday.

School officials say they doubt there will be a need for police presence at the school Tuesday. 

The superintendent  mentioned, if this situation was a prank and someone knows, he would appreciate if anyone comes forward.  

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