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Bomb threat thwarted at Storm Lake Middle School

Thursday, February 10, 2011

STORM LAKE - On the afternoon of February 4, 2011, at approximately 1:16 p.m., the Storm Lake Public Safety Department (police and fire) responded to the Storm Lake Middle School in reference to a bomb threat.

Officers were advised that a 13-year-old male from Storm Lake made a statement that he had placed a bomb in a restroom at the Middle School.

Both the Middle School and Elementary School. which is located across the street from the Middle School, were evacuated. Students were temporarily housed at St. Mark's Lutheran Church and Grace Lutheran Church, both located approximately four blocks from the schools.

Police took the 13-year-old into custody and transported him to the Storm Lake Police Station. Following an investigation and interview of the suspect, search teams comprised of police officers, fire fighters and school staff completed a search of the Middle School, and determined that it was safe to return the students and faculty to the building, and they returned to both the Elementary and Middle Schools.

Storm Lake Police charged Amado Luna 13, Storm Lake, with Terroristic Threats, a Class D felony. He was processed and released to a parent, pending a court dat in Juvenile Court.

Storm Lake Assistant Police Chief Todd Erskine commented, "The school officials and students did a great job in evacuating both school buildings in an orderly and efficient manner. They made our job easier and their crisis plan worked very well."

Storm Lake Public Safety and school officials were assisted at the scene by the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department and the Buena Vista County Paramedics.



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