Marion Police Department responds to questions over Tuesday's Vernon Middle School threat
Parents of some Vernon Middle School students are questioning the way police handled a threat scare on Tuesday.
The school went into lock down on Tuesday morning. A student has been charged with harassment after threatening to use a gun at school. Investigators tell CBS2/FOX28 News students were never in danger and no weapons were found.
Vernon Middle School is part of the Marion Independent School District, where the Marion Police Department is the first responding team. Several members from the Hiawatha Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, and Linn County Sheriff's Office also responded to Tuesday's situation after being nearby when the call was put out.
Since the lockdown, several people have taken to social media to question the equipment some say were seen by students and others passing by the school on Tuesday morning.
"We didn't have a SWAT team, but officers are carrying the equipment they need with them just in case. We would hope just in case never happens," said school resource officer Tom Daubs with the Marion Police Department.
Another concern people are posting online is the need for the amount of police presence for the verbal threat. The Marion Police Department says all agencies followed standard protocol for a situation like this.
"We would much rather come with a significant presence and find out it was nothing rather than send one or two officers and I found out 'oh this person does have a gun and lives are at stake and we didn't respond accordingly," said Daubs.
Officer Daubs says the situation was handled within ten minutes and that officers remained in the school for another hour and close by it, like they normally do for all schools they cover in the area, throughout the day.