HUDSON, Iowa (KWWL) - After posting a threat against the Hudson Community School district, a student can now face charges. Hudson Police Chief Daniel Banks says after speaking with the county attorney, there is enough evidence present, and can possibly even lead to a felony charge.
Police are investigating the threat made on Snapchat that was sent in by a community member Saturday evening. The district was notified and sent out a statement to parents explaining the situation.
“This is the very first time anything like this has happened,” Hudson Community School District Superintendent Dr. Tony Voss said.
Specific information on what kind of threat it was, or against which school building, in particular, was not able to be shared by the police department or the school district.
The student is under 18 and is currently not in attendance at the school following the incident.
In the statement posted Sunday, Voss said it would be safe to return to school Monday.
“If we thought that there was a threat, a danger to anyone in the school, we would have canceled school today. We were comfortable having class today after having that conversation with the police department,” Dr. Voss said.
Parents of 17 students opted to keep their children home from school due to the threats made.
Voss wants to reassure parents that the builds have and will always have security in the form of locks and cameras. The teachers are also trained to respond to dangerous situations if any were to come up.
“It’s not anything that we’re unaccustomed to here,” he said.
Hudson Police are moving forward in their investigation of the student before any charges can be made.
“We did retrieve the cell phone of the individual. We are applying for a search warrant through that phone as we speak,” Hudson Police Chief Daniel Banks said, “What we have right now, we have enough for charges.”
Chief Banks explained that in situations like this one, threats such as the one made by the student can lead to a felony charge.
Police officers were present inside the building Monday morning, and plan to be at the end of the school day for the coming days. Officers will also patrol the area, giving extra attention to the school buildings.
“Probably over the next couple of days we’ll step it up just a little bit to make the kids feel safe and obviously make some of the parents feel safe as well,” Chief Banks said.
Police hope to finish the investigation by the end of the week. The police department and school district plan to be as transparent as possible as the investigation moves along.
"I really feel at this point that we have our arms around this situation. We know exactly what it is we're dealing with. Now it's to the point where the police need to do their part before moving forward,” Superintendent Voss said.
Any updates that can be shared will be made known to the public as they come in.