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Iowa City West High student removed from building for bringing BB gun to school, making threats

Threats were directed at one student, police say

Iowa City West High School in an aerial photograph in Iowa City on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (The Gazette)
Iowa City West High School in an aerial photograph in Iowa City on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — A West High student brought a BB gun to school Thursday after making threats on social media and in person.

Iowa City police took the student into custody “without any disruptions” to the school day, Principal Gregg Shoultz said in an email to families Thursday afternoon.

The student was taken to Linn County Juvenile Detention, Iowa City Police Sgt. Derek Frank said.

West High School administrators and Iowa City police found the weapon after two students reported the threats. The student is facing a charge of first-degree harassment.

The student posted violent threats and images of a gun on social media, Frank said, which were directed at one student. Police do not believe the larger student body was ever in danger.

Students reported the threat to administrators and they contacted police, who responded simultaneously to West High and the student’s home Thursday.

“We thank the school staff for the prompt notification,” Frank said in an email. “We especially thank the students who had the courage to bring this to the attention of school officials. They should be very proud of themselves for speaking up!”

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