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Student's 'joke' investigated by Mount Pleasant police...again

Mount Pleasant Middle School/KTVO

Two student threats were reported at Mount Pleasant Middle School in one week.

The verbal threat comes three days after the first was posted in the comments section on YouTube.

Just before 9 a.m. Thursday, a student told administrators one of their classmates made a violent statement against the school.

Officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department made contact with the student, who later admitted to the statement, and said it was a joke. Investigators searched the student's home. No items of concern were found. Criminal charges are pending.

Thursday's incident comes pretty close in comparison to the threat reported Monday night. Both students told authorities their behavior was meant to be a joke.

Superintendent John Henriksen told KTVO over the phone Tuesday nothing is funny about school violence.

The district is now asking parents to communicate with their child about both incidents to prevent future threats from occurring.

The following statement was posted on the district's website Thursday evening:

"Parents – Please take time to speak to your children about the serious nature of comments threatening the safety of schools, the School District and/or other students, even if those comments are meant to be in jest. Mount Pleasant Community School District will continue to take seriously any threats against safety, including notification of law enforcement, and disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from school. As a result of the incident last Monday, the School District will continue to partner with the Mount Pleasant Police Department to provide an increased police presence in and around School District buildings."

Parents with questions or concerns are asked to call the district's central office at 319-385-7750.



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