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Arrest Made In School Threat
VAN HORNE, IA (CBS2/FOX28) The Benton County Sheriff's Office has a 17-year-old juvenile in custody after a two day investigation made into a threat at Benton High School. He faces two counts of Harassment in the First Degree, which are aggravated misdemeanors. He has been transported to a juvenille center.
The Benton Community School District has been increasing security after a handwritten message was discovered on Tuesday in the Middle School/High School building that threatens students lives.
The message was found written on the wall above a toilet in the boy's restroom.
A CBS2/FOX28 Facebook viewer provided a copy of the email sent to Benton Community Students and Parents, it reads as follows:
This communication is to notify you that a handwritten message and threat was discovered in a boys restroom on the lower level of the MS/HS building this morning by a high school student and reported to a staff member and then to the administration for investigation. The threat was written on the wall in a restroom stall and reads as follows: ON April 17 I am going to blow this school up. Only After I Shoot as many people as I can then kill myself.
This matter is under investigation and any information that can assist the school district and the Benton County Sheriffs Office in finding the party responsible for this action would be greatly appreciated. As a result of this situation, security and awareness will be increased throughout the remainder of this week. Benton Community is working with the Benton County Sheriffs Office and will be taking additional security measures on Thursday in response to the threat. Law enforcement officers will be at the MS/HS on Thursday, April 17th and we will require all students and staff to enter the building for the school day through Entrance # 1. Please know that the school district does not take these threats lightly and supports and believes it necessary to implement the additional safety and security measures for our students and employees. Thank you.
Law enforcement and the school's principal, James Bieschke, were stationed at the school's front entrance on Wednesday all day to watch for suspicious activity. Student's bags were also checked as they entered the building.
Even with the arrest, bomb sniffing dogs will still be taken through the building on Thursday before students report for class. Students are also asked not to bring a backpack or purse. Any items students need for school should be carried in a plastic bag.