Police: Social media threat leads to lockouts and several Sioux City public schools

Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 8:40 AM CDT
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The Sioux City Police Department has released a report on what caused three Sioux City public schools to issue lockouts Friday morning.

Police say on Sept. 23 at about 8:30 am. students at West High School notified school officials and law enforcement about a concerning post on social media. The post reportedly showed ammunition and a message that seemed like a veiled threat.

Due to this, the Sioux City Community School District issued lockouts at West High, West Middle and Loess Hills Computer Programming Elementary School.

The police eventually located the student that made the post and questioned them. But since the post was not a direct threat, police are referring this incident to the county attorney’s office for consideration of charges.

Students that reported the post are to be commended for reporting a concerning post that indicated a possible threat to safety.

We also encourage parents to speak to their children about posting messages and images to social media that may cause alarm.

Sioux City Police Department

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The three public school lockouts issued Friday morning in Sioux City have been lifted.

According to a message sent to parents, the lockouts at West High School, West Middle School and Loess Hills Computer Programming Elementary School are lifted as of 9:05 a.m. The message says police have investigated the matter and determined there is no longer a credible threat.

Earlier this morning, a student at West High School notified the school administration and the Sioux City Police Department of a veiled threat that was posted on social media. Out of an abundance of caution, the school district implemented security measures. We are working closely with them to ensure the safety of students and to fully investigate this matter.

Official statement from Sioux City Police Department

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Three Sioux City public schools, including West High School, have been put on lockout status after a social media threat Friday, Sept. 23.

According to the Sioux City Community School District, West High, West Middle School and Loess Hills Computer Programming Elementary were put on lockout Friday morning. A lockout means no one can enter or exit the school building. Sioux City Police are investigating the threat.

According to the district, all students and staff are safe. Updates will be communicated as soon as possible.