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November 21, 2018 16-year-old Lone Tree student arrested for threat
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On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Lone Tree Community School officials around 7 a.m. regarding a threat sent made by a student.

A report from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office said that the threat was made on a social media platform.

“At the time the threat was reported, the whereabouts of the student were unknown,” the report stated.

Deputies responded to the school and located the 16-year-old student, who was arrested and transported to the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center.

The student has been charged with first-degree harassment.

Sheriff’s officials said that the investigation is ongoing.

Late Wednesday morning, Lone Tree Superintendent Ken Crawford said that law enforcement is patrolling the building and the grounds and that the district is having a “normal school day” with a planned 2 p.m. dismissal.

He thanked the sheriff's office for the response to the threat.

“I am very proud and confident of the quick reaction and work of the Johnson County police in their help to keep our school and community safe this morning,” Crawford said. “Our administrative team did a great job of working with Johnson County police in helping them locate the source of the threat and have it come to a quick conclusion.”

Crawford sent the following message to Lone Tree district parents Wednesday morning:

“Please know that earlier today the Lone Tree School District discovered a threatening message pertaining to school. Quick efforts by Lone Tree staff and Johnson County law enforcement concluded this incident almost immediately. At no point during the investigation did the school district or law enforcement believe students were in danger. We are sending you this message in an effort to be transparent about today’s happenings and to let parents know their kids are safe within our building. In the future, I encourage students and parents to continue to follow the If You See Something, Say Something protocol and report suspicious activity when they see it. It is reassuring to have a community that works together with the school and law enforcement to ensure the safety of everyone. Thank you and have an enjoyable holiday weekend.”

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