Authorities Say 13-Year Old Starmont Student Posted Potential Threat

Authorities say a 13-year old Starmont student was the one who posted Thursday’s potential threat.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says several students received the potential threat message over social media, with it reported to administrators of the Starmont Community School District shortly before 7 am.

Classes in the district were delayed two hours as authorities began to investigate.

The Sheriff’s Office says they responded to the school in Arlington, along with Clayton County Sheriff’s deputies, the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa DOT Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. Investigators quickly identified the person who posted the potential threat – a 13-year old Starmont student.

During a search of the student’s home in Strawberry Point, authorities seized a firearm and electronic devices.

Starmont Superintendent Troy Heller tells KMCH authorities determined the threat was not immediate and they were given the okay for students to come to school.

The incident remains under investigation. Charges are pending.

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher reminds everyone “if you see something, say something.”


photo courtesy of Fayette County Sheriff’s Office