Bomb threat closes Storm Lake High School

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 ~ Updated 4:25 PM

A bomb threat message found in Storm Lake High School caused the school to be locked down shortly before classes were to begin Tuesday morning.

When the message was found inside the building shortly after 7:30 a.m., school officials immediately began to evacuate the building, while police and firefighters locked down the school. With the majority of faculty and students still to arrive and temperatures frigid outside, they were sent to the AEA Building across Flindt Drive. The area around the school was completely cordoned off to allow for a thorough search of the building. Faculty were allowed to return to the school after 10 a.m. and classes resumed at 11.

Police continued an investigation of the incident throughout the afternoon, and asked that anyone with information on the bomb threat contact them at 732-8010.

Public Safety and school administrators are establishing additional security measures for the high school, which were to be announced in a letter to parents Wednesday.

Assisting school officials and police at the scene were the sheriff's department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa DOT, Buena Vista County paramedics and the county Emergency Management office.

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