DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The Dubuque Community School District says threats made on social media are believed to be copycat messages of a threat to another area school.
In a Facebook post Monday morning, the district said police had been investigating the threat since it was first reported Sunday night. The messages were sent through social media and most referenced Jefferson Middle School while at least one referenced the Alta Vista Campus.
Authorities do believe the messages are not credible and say no students or staff are in danger.
According to a Facebook post early Monday morning, The Dubuque Community School District will run a 2-hour delay Monday, January 14 due to social media threat.
An alert on their website says multiple students reported receiving threats made on social media specifically to Jefferson Middle School.
District morning preschool is canceled.
The Dubuque Police Department investigated the threat throughout the night.
The Dubuque Community School District posted the below statement in response.
As a district, we take any potential threat to our schools seriously. In this case, we believe it is the most appropriate action to delay this morning to allow the police additional time to investigate.
We will continue to investigate this situation with the Dubuque Police Department until it is resolved. If and when the source of the threat is determined, the district will pursue further action on the individual responsible to the fullest extent possible.