Iowa schools closed by threats to reopen Wednesday

MGN Online

A suburban Des Moines district plans to reopen for school Wednesday after authorities said they couldn't substantiate any of the threats received by students' parents.

Johnston Community School District officials decided Monday night to cancel classes for Tuesday because of the anonymous and threatening texts parents and others received around 8 p.m. Monday. The district said the cancellation was undertaken "in an effort of caution."

Johnston Police Chief Dennis McDaniel said at a news conference Tuesday that federal, state and local investigators couldn't substantiate "any credible or imminent threat."

The closure affected about 7,200 students and 1,000 employees in the district, which serves Johnston as well as parts of Des Moines, Granger, Grimes and Urbandale. District Superintendent Corey Lunn says the district plans to have classes back in session Wednesday.

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