No incident after USD 257 alerts parents to reported threat

School continued as normal on Friday after administrators and police investigated a reported threat. Extra precautions were taken.



February 23, 2023 - 4:48 PM

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Friday’s school day continued as normal at Iola Middle School despite increased security measures after a student made a threatening statement related to a school shooting. 

A text message was sent to parents on Thursday afternoon alerting them to the situation. 

The threat was investigated and is not believed to be credible, but the district took precautions just in case, Superintendent Stacey Fager said. Administrators greeted students at the start of the school day and police increased their presence at the school.

“As a precaution, we wanted to assure our parents, our patrons and our staff that everyone is safe in our facilities. I realize when a note like that goes out to parents, it can be concerning,” Fager said.

He commended students who notified teachers of the possible threat. Administrators and police intervened and investigated the matter. 

“When our students hear something that’s disturbing, they have shown a willingness to come forward. They respect their school and want to make sure it’s a safe environment,” Fager said.

“We take all threats seriously.”



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