Charles City appears to have been one of many schools across the state today receiving a false threat call.
According to a news release from the Charles City Police Department, it and the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office responded to the high school and middle school for a threat call.
“It was discovered to be a false call which is being made around the entire state to other school districts,” the release posted on social media says. ” There was no danger to staff or children. Thank you to the incredible staff at both schools for their assistance.
“Officers decided to stay a while and get some exercise with the kids. Investigator Bilharz surprised us all with his quarterback arm!”
Charles City Superintendent Ann Lundquist issued this statement:
“On Tuesday, many school districts in Iowa have been affected by false reports of an active shooter on their campuses. From what we understand, local police departments have received internet-based phone calls with these threats, which turn out to be unsubstantiated. It appears to be part of a hoax known as ‘swatting.’
“Ours was one of the school districts that was affected. After receiving a ‘robocall’ local law enforcement and administration conducted an investigation of our secondary buildings. Police do not believe there to be a credible threat to school safety at this time.
“We would like to continue to encourage our students and school community to report anything that could constitute a threat to school safety. As always, we work closely with local law enforcement to assist in these situations. “