Suspect taken into custody in Liberty High School shooting threat

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Photo by Matty Ring via Flickr.

A minor has been taken into custody for the shooting threat that caused the Iowa City Community School District to cancel classes Friday at Liberty High School. The threat was posted anonymously to a group Instagram account on Thursday night, according to a statement North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga emailed to Little Village.

The threat to “shoot up the school” was directed at a particular student. “The police notified the Iowa City Community School District and continued to investigate the situation with the collaboration of students and families who could be identified in the anonymous posts,” Venenga explained.

Because the investigation by the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) was still ongoing this morning, the school district decided to cancel classes at Liberty High. The NLPD took the person believed to have made the threat into custody at 9:30 a.m.

Because the person is a minor, the police are not releasing any further information about the suspect.

NLPD and the school district are satisfied there is no longer an outstanding threat, so Liberty High will be open later today for extracurricular activities.

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