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Superintendent addresses "threat of violence" at Oelwein High School

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KWWL is looking into a message sent to staff members of the Oelwein Community Schools by Superintendent Josh Ehn on Thursday.

According to the message KWWL received via email from a couple of members of the community, Ehn said the district is aware of a non-specific threat made on a messaging app about the high school. Ehn's message didn't say which app the threat came from, but did say that the district does not feel the threat puts anyone at risk on Oelwein campuses at this time.  The message says an increased police presence at the high school is to be expected "today and tomorrow." 

KWWL received a press release from his office shortly after 9 p.m.  It states:

For immediate release:
The Oelwein Community School District takes security and student safety very seriously. This morning we received an isolated and nondescript threat of violence to the Oelwein High School.  Immediately working with the Oelwein Police Department, it was determined that there was not an immediate threat of danger. Utilizing resources at a local, state, and national level we have been able to track the threat to the source. Those that make these kinds of threats will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and if attending the Oelwein Community School District, will be punished under our code of conduct. I want to personally thank the law enforcement community for their work throughout this investigation.
Josh Ehn - Superintendent

KWWL also reached out to the Oelwein Police Department.  Officials sent a press release shortly before 9:15 p.m.:

During the morning hours of March 1, 2018; the Oelwein Community School District received a report of a nondescript threat of a potential violent act at the Oelwein High School. School officials contacted the Oelwein Police Department and the two entities reviewed the information provided. While the threat of violence was vague in nature and officials believe that there was no imminent danger, it would be deemed alarming to others. As a precaution, officers were present at the High School throughout the remainder of the day, while officials utilized various resources to track the source of the threat. Officials believe that source of the threat has been located and appropriate action is being taken in regards to that individual.“  School officials acted quickly and appropriately during this incident,” states Chief Jeremy Logan.  “All threats of this nature are taken seriously and the collaborative effort between the school administration and our agency allowed for a quick resolution to this matter.”
The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending in this matter.

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