Masked Student with Weapon Triggers Lockdown at Lone Tree Schools

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By Adam Carros

LONE TREE, Iowa - A masked high school student carrying a weapon entered the Lone Tree school building, triggering a lockdown Monday morning.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said the student, Daniel Jansen, 18, was carrying a knife. "He came right to the door, I saw him walking outside," said Michael Reeves, superintendent of Lone Tree Schools. "There was an altercation."

Reeves and another staff member stopped Jansen at the front entrance to the building. There were no other students or staff members in jeopardy, Reeves said.

Jansen was taken into custody and transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for evaluation.

The lockdown ended a short time later and no students were hurt. The Johnson County Sheriff's office is investigating.

The school district sent the following message to parents Monday afternoon:

Letter to our Parents/Guardians

Monday, September 23, 2013

Dear Parent:

The purpose of this letter is to bring you up-to-date on an incident that occurred today at Lone Tree Community School. Around 9:15 AM, an individual approached the school. His clothing indicated this was not a safe situation and the individual was met at the front door by the high school Dean of Students and myself. As you will hear on the news, there was a struggle that ensued and the individual was held on the ground. The individual had a weapon (not a firearm) that was taken from him. The individual was taken away by police. We have been told that information will be released by the police later today.

When the incident occurred, we tried to notify the parents and our community members via “Iowa School Alert” (and our school website) that we were in a lock-down situation. We sent out a notice saying we were in a lock-down and that all students were safe, accounted for, and in their rooms. We then tried to have administrators out in front of the building to answer questions from parents and community members who came by the school when the police arrived. We also posted information on our website as was appropriate. While I know this letter will not answer all of your questions, hopefully, you will view it as more communication and know that your child will be safe at school tomorrow.

If you are not part of the Iowa School Alert system, please call Colene Feldman in the elementary office and she will get you into the system. Thank you for all you do.

Sincerely,

Michael Reeves
Superintendent
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