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School Districts Learning of Nationwide Threat for Friday

School districts across the nation are learning of an anonymous, nationwide threat against schools that is being shared on social media platforms.

The general threat toward all U.S. schools declares Friday, December 17th as “American School Shooting Day.” The posts warn about the possibility of nationwide shootings or bomb threats associated with this day.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is aware of this general threat and the Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center is working with law enforcement partners to assess and analyze open source reporting for specific threats. Officials say as of Thursday afternoon, they were not seeing any specific or credible threats towards any schools in Iowa, but they are continuing to diligently monitor the situation. No division within the Iowa Department of Public Safety has received any requests for assistance.

Parents and guardians are encouraged take this opportunity to talk with their students about the appropriate use of social media, and the seriousness and resulting consequences of making any kind of threat.

If anyone sees something suspicious, please report it to local law enforcement.

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