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Possible Threat Keeps Monticello Students from Being Dismissed

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MONTICELLO, Iowa - Monticello students were held after hours on Thursday after a school employee reported seeing someone with a knife outside of one of the schools in town.

A Thursday release from the Monticello police department said police received a call from the principal of Sacred Heart School in Monticello, reporting two men dressed in black clothing walking south along North Maple Street past the school. It was also reported one of the men had a large knife contained in a sheath strapped to his belt, the release said.

The release said the men were first seen by students during a supervised recess and the students reported it to a school associate.

In response to the report, all Monticello Community School District buildings were placed on lockdown and officers were dispatched to the area.

Monticello Superintendent Chris Anderson said no one was allowed in or out of school buildings while police searched the area, adding that after the recent incident in Pennsylvania, they weren't going to take any chances.

Though, Anderson said, school doors are normally locked during the day, an officer was present at each building when students were eventually dismissed.

Police were initially unable to find anyone in the area, but an officer positioned at Central Middle School later saw two subjects matching the description provided - including the knife - walking down Elm Street.

The release said both men were taken into custody without incident. One of the men was later released because he didn't possess a weapon. The second, a minor, was in possession of two knives and charges are pending for going armed with a dangerous weapon, the release said.

The release from Monticello police said no direct threats were ever made to staff or students.

Though the incident remains under investigation, a preliminary investigation indicates the young man did not intend to pose a threat or cause concern.

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