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Email Threat Prompts Lockdown at All Decorah Schools

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DECORAH, Iowa — A safety concern put all Decorah school buildings on lockdown Monday.

The Decorah Police Department said Sunday a threat at the elementary level prompted the district to place all schools on lockdown April 11.

Classes were held as usual, but students were not allowed outdoors at any time during regular school hours, the school said.

Police said a “subject” was angry about a curriculum matter at Carrie Lee Elementary had emailed the school.

“The manner in which the complaint was phrased, caused the school district and the Police Department to be concerned,” police said.

The statement said school district and the police department felt it was necessary to put safety measures in place for Monday.

The Decorah School District released a statement Sunday night, saying, “After thorough discussion with the Decorah Police Department and the Winneshiek County Attorney, precautionary safety measures will be taken at all district buildings. Every effort will be made to provide a safe and secure environment which will allow your son or daughter to have a formal day.”

The district and police department “are working together to resolve the matter,” the police department said.

No injuries were reported in regards to the threat. Check back for updates.