SLHS locked down after student attacks teacher, threatens gun

16-year-old located at home where explosives earlier were found

Police were dispatched to Storm Lake High School in reference to a student causing a disturbance that led to a lockdown on Thursday at 12:28 p.m.

On arrival police met with school staff who said that a 16-year-old boy of Storm Lake allegedly tried to assault another student but was restrained. He then broke free from the restraint and armed himself with a chair, striking a teacher with the chair. He then reportedly told the teacher he was going to return with a gun and end the argument.

School officials were unsure if the teen had left the school.  The high school and adjoining Iowa Central Community College were placed on lockdown. Police monitored the outside of the school as the SLPD Tactical Entry Team entered the building and systematically secured the hallways and commons areas to ensure that the student was not in the school and not posing a threat.

As the school search was underway, other officers checked some local addresses for the teen. A short time later he was located and arrested at 919 East Fifth St., the same location where explosives were found on Feb. 11. Once the boy was in custody, the school was taken off of lockdown.

Police charged the teen with terroristic threats, assault while participating in a felony, going armed with intent, assault with a weapon and assault. He was transported to the Youth Detention Facility in Cherokee.

Two people at the high school reported minor injuries.

“The administrators, faculty, staff and most especially the students did an incredible job in conducting a swift, orderly and effective lockdown,” Public Safety Director Mark Prosser said. “Their response to the lockdown was impressive.”

From the time of the call through the school being taken off of lockdown lasted approximately 45 minutes.