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UPDATE: Schools in MOC-FV district "locks down" after Facebook threat by Hospers, IA man

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In response to these Facebook threats, school officials at MOC-Floyd Valley went into temporary lockdown. In response to these Facebook threats, school officials at MOC-Floyd Valley went into temporary lockdown.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Even the threat of violence can cause concern these days.

Authorities have arrested a Siouxland man, who allegedly used social media to threaten to shoot himself, his family, and other people.

With school out for the day, the halls of this school are empty, but even when class was in session Monday, the halls were just as empty. That's because of that threat allegedly made on Facebook.

"When they make a statement, that's not the time to decide whether or not it's a bluff, that's a time to go into action, and then we'll find out later," said Dan Altena, sheriff of Sioux County.

Authorities were called after a 22-year-old Hospers, Iowa, man took to social media to say he wanted to "shoot a bunch of people, my family and myself."

"Obviously, the first thing logical thing is to lock down our schools," said Altena.

Officials say around 1:30 Monday afternoon, all four of the MOC Floyd Valley Schools went into lockdown mode. That lasted for about half an hour.

"A lockdown means that all doors are locked and nobody's allowed in or out during that time," said Richardson.

Plus, teachers locked their students inside their classrooms. Parents were sent text alerts to tell them about the lockdown.

"That was probably met with much anxiety, in lieu of what's going on the last few days, but we felt it was important that they know what was happening," said Richardson.

District superintendent Gary Richardson says he heard things went smoothly.

"They say teachers were handling things well and when I did go into the hallway at the high school, it seemed that the students were unfazed," said Richardson.

Authorities arrested the suspect a few blocks from his home in Hospers. Officials say he surrendered without a struggle.

"We put out information right away, saying that we did have the person in custody to try to alleviate some of the fears of the family and the public," said Altena.

After medical and health evaluations are completed in Sioux City, they will determine if criminal charges will be filed.

In addition to those public schools, a few private schools in Hospers, Maurice and Orange City also went into lockdown mode, today.

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