Suspect possibly identified in threat to Riceville schools

Story updated Friday at 6:00 AM

RICEVILLE — Riceville school officials have provided an update about the potential safety concern that led to school officials cancelling class earlier Thursday.

School officials in a written statement say late on Wednesday evening, school personnel received information from school students about a threat made by a former Riceville student that has been identified. School officials immediately contacted the Howard County Sheriff’s Department to investigate, and with the information that was shared, school officials decided to cancel classes Thursday.

School officials say they are thankful to the students that reported the information to them, adding that it’s important to discuss with children and students that it is not appropriate or acceptable to make threats, joke about, or make light of school shootings. School officials also continue to encourage anyone to report any threats to adults.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Department is still investigating the threat with the assistance of the Howard County Attorney’s Office, the US Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If anyone has any additional information regarding the incident, they are being asked to contact the Howard County Sheriff’s Department at 563-547-3535 or the Riceville Community School District Administration Office at 641-985-2288.

Classes were scheduled to resume on Friday morning, but school was delayed two hours due to the winter weather.

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