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Newscast 09.23.22: Brief lockout at West, West Middle and Loess Hills this morning due to "veiled threat" on social media

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Sioux City Community School District
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Sioux City Community Schools
West High School, Sioux City

Things are back to normal at West High School and two other Sioux City schools after receiving what are calling a “veiled threat” this morning.

Sioux City Police spokesman Sgt. Jeremy McClure said in a news release that a West High student notified school administrators and police this morning of a "veiled threat" posted on social media. The nature of the threat was not disclosed. Police have made contact with the student who made the initial post. The juvenile-male is being questioned on the matter. As the post was not a direct threat, the department is referring this incident to the County Attorney’s Office for consideration for charges.

Sioux City Community School district director of communications Leslie Heying said West High was placed on lockout, in which no one is allowed to enter or exit the building, at approximately 8:13 a.m. while police investigated the threat. West Middle School and Loess Hills Elementary School were added at 8:24 a.m.

The lockout at all three schools was lifted at 9:07 a.m. Heying said the lockout caused no disruptions to the school schedules, and classes continued during the situation.

A second woman involved in the vandalism of the Dakota Access pipeline was sentenced to six years in federal prison.

Ruby Montoya admitted to cutting holes in the pipeline in several locations, and setting fire to equipment in Mahaska, Boone, and Wapello Counties, from November 2016 to May of 2017. Montoya is 32 and now living in Arizona. She joined Jessica Reznicek in vandalizing a sign at the Iowa Utilities Board office in 2017, and then both admitted to the pipeline vandalism. They say they were trying to protect water supplies from the pipeline.

Montoya was ordered to pay nearly $3.3 million in restitution. Reznicek is now serving eight years in federal prison.

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