Teen arrested after threats to Cedar Rapids schools

Cedar Rapids Community School District Superintendent Tawana Grover speaks Tuesday during a news conference at the Educational Leadership and Support Center, 2500 Edgewood Road NW, in Cedar Rapids. Grover and Cedar Rapids police Capt. Charlie Fields (background, left) spoke about the threat to students made on social media after classes were canceled districtwide Monday. including students not being allowed to bring backpacks, bags or purses. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A young person has been charged in reference to threats to Cedar Rapids faculties circulating on social media that led to lessons throughout the district being canceled Monday.

Cedar Rapids police introduced Thursday night time they’d labored with the Iowa Division of Felony Investigation to arrest a 14-year-old. Authorities mentioned the teenager is from Cedar Rapids, however didn’t say if the teenager is a scholar within the Cedar Rapids Neighborhood College District nor say what expenses she or he faces.

“We’re deeply grateful for the diligent and unwavering efforts of the Cedar Rapids Police Division,” mentioned a press release from Cedar Rapids faculties’ Superintendent Tawana Grover. “Their invaluable help and sources have been paramount in guaranteeing the protection and safety of our neighborhood.”

The district had notified dad and mom final Sunday that district faculties could be closed Monday due to the threats, which they didn’t describe. Cedar Rapids faculties reopened Tuesday, though many college students — about 40 % — stayed away.

The district additionally imposed momentary new guidelines due to the threats: College students are usually not allowed to convey backpacks, luggage or purses except they’re clear and see-through. Lunchboxes are allowed however will likely be examined by workers. Highschool college students are usually not allowed to be launched for lunch.

The district mentioned Thursday after the arrest that it will proceed with the protection protocols for Friday, however supposed to elevate them subsequent week.

Cedar Rapids police mentioned they have been made conscious of threats in opposition to faculties on Saturday, a day earlier than the district introduced to oldsters that lessons could be canceled for Monday. Cedar Rapids police mentioned different companies concerned within the investigation — which they earlier mentioned included the FBI — have been “extraordinarily useful” within the case, which they famous was “closed with out violence.”

Police mentioned, with out elaboration, that “components of this case stay underneath investigation.”

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