UPDATE: North High Student arrested for bomb threat
Sioux City, Ia —
Update: Sioux City Police say that a North High student has been arrested and charged with false reporting/concerning the placement of any incendiary or explosive device, a class D felony.
The threat indicated that there were bombs placed in several locations within the school and they would detonate at a a certain time.
Police say officers searched the interior and exterior of North High and nothing suspicious was found, however students were evacuated for safety.
After the evacuation, officers searched again and found nothing suspicious.
The investigation is continuing.
North High School in Sioux City is being evacuated for a reported bomb threat.
The students are currently being bused to a different location.
Sioux City Police say they are sweeping the school.
The School District sent a statement saying, " The Sioux City Community School District is working closely with the Sioux City Police Department following the report of a bomb threat for North High School. The bomb is allegedly scheduled to go off at 1:28 pm. The threat was first identified by a student that saw the message displayed on a Minecraft message board. In a situation like this, student safety is our highest priority. Therefore, students are currently being evacuated to a safe location identified in the school’s crisis plan. We will continue to keep you informed as more information becomes available."
Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman said in a press conference this afternoon that the reason for the delay in evacuation was lack of credibility in the threat.
"We really determined relatively early on that we weren't confident that there was a great deal of credibility in the threat, but out of an abundance of caution we made the decision to evacuate those students to their safe location," Dr. Gausman said.