Six Sioux City Students Charged with Harassment and Taken Out of School After Threats
In Sioux City today, investigators have charged six students with harassment in connection to several threats to the Sioux City Community School District. The Sioux City Police Department is also keeping these students out of school until the investigations are completed.
Yesterday, the department became aware of a post circulating on the social media platform TikTok which made a threat of violence against schools to be committed on today in schools across the country.
Police Chief Jeremy McClure said in a press release this afternoon, that the department dedicated several officers to investigate these threats. There was one report of a subject telling several people he was planning on bringing a gun to school, another student was implying threats against East Middle, with a post depicting a gun with a threat towards North Middle, and posts on TikTok of several students at East High School pointing their phones like guns.
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