SCHOOL THREAT: Montezuma Student Suspended

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A Montezuma high school junior is suspended for the rest of the year after threatening to bring a gun to school.

“He just said that he would possibly bring a gun to school on the last day and with that kind of threat we don’t take those things lightly,” explained Montezuma High School principal Brian Moretz. “We take it very seriously here at Montezuma High School and we were very proactive in what we are going to do to protect the rest of the kids.”

That includes calling in a deputy to investigate the incident, calling the teen’s mother and double checking doors to the school to make sure they are locked.

The student, who we are not identifying because of his age, could be arrested on trespassing charges if he is found on school grounds.

“I want parents to know that we’re going to do everything we can do to keep their kids safe and I believe we’ve taken that proactive approach and we’re going to continue to do that,” Moretz added.

The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office is also planning to increase security around the school, but wouldn’t go into details.

The 17-year-old student was not criminally charged.


  • exmontezumian

    The school didn’t notify any parents of the issue. We all heard it on the news. Nice..

    • nicky ross

      Now a days the news crews know stuff before anyone knows it. So for the school to not have time to decide on a plan of action on how to notify all the parents before the news crews were on the phone asking questions is not surprising. Yes the parents should have been notified and I would be upset too im just saying for the news to know very first before all the parents is not surprising! Hope the kid gets some professional help if he/she was seripus. If he/she was only kidding then I guess they learn the hard way thia is not a joking matter… thinking of everyone involved and hope nothing like tthis ever EVER happens at my kids school! ! How scary…

      • exmontezumian

        That’s true, but there should be a plan of action in place before it ever happens. It was on the 6 O’clock news. Plenty of time for a mass email. Still unaware of any communication by the school about it.

  • Jess

    so, was he like yelling this in the halls, stating it to a classroom, or talking one on one with someone?

    • exmontezumian

      Not sure how his plan was outed. But there was a hit list also.. so more than “I think I’ll bring a gun to school”..

  • Justin

    I actually know this kid. and know about this story. and from everything ive gathered its garbage. the kid is a little bit of a troublemaker but no shooter. id like to say in the near future expect them to drop this

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