Three threats investigated in 17 days

For the third time in 17 days, a Piatt County school has been the recipient of a perceived threat. All three, including the most recent one Sunday in Monticello, were deemed as not credible by school and law enforcement officials.

Monticello School Superintendent Vic Zimmerman said in a statement released Sunday that the Monticello High School principal received word of a rumor that an MHS student had discussed bringing a gun to school on Monday.

"After further investigation with the Monticello Police Department, the parents and the student, it was determined that the rumor likely stemmed from a discussion about a classroom project several weeks ago," said Zimmerman. "It is apparent that the rumor has spread on social media among the students during the last several days and the story has evolved to the point of a specific school threat."

He added, however, that "the Monticello Police Department has determined that the rumor was not accurate, and is not a credible threat or a concern to the safety of students and staff at Monticello CUSD#25."

Classes will be held on Monday with increased security at the high school provided by Monticello police officers.

Cerro Gordo schools also increased security on Feb. 16 after investigating a potential threat that was also found not to be a credible threat. Superintendent Brett Robinson that the perception of a threat may have originated from students talking about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that had resulted in the deaths of 17 people two days before.

Law enforcement and Blue Ridge school officials also investigated a possible verbal threat of violence against Blue Ridge Intermediate and Junior High School in Mansfield on Feb. 20.

"Due to the timing of the report and the cooperation of the accused student's family, there is believed to be no immediate threat at the school," said a statement released the following day.

None of the threats resulted in lockdowns or cancellation of classes.



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