Dubuque, Galena schools on delayed schedules after threats

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) - Schools in Dubuque and Galena, Illinois, were on a delayed schedule Monday after multiple students reportedly received threatening messages.

The Galena Police Department said some Galena High School students got a message via Instagram Sunday night, saying there would be a bomb threat Monday morning.

Officers interviewed students who received the messages and traced them back to a juvenile who confessed to posting the bomb threat, according to a press release.

Police said the school nor the students were ever in any immediate danger. All of the schools in the Galena district were on a two-hour delay on Monday.

The Dubuque Community School District said multiple Jefferson Middle School students also reported receiving a threat Sunday night. There was also one message involving the Alta Vista campus.

In a Facebook post Monday morning, Dubuque Schools said police believe the threats were copycat messages related to threat in Galena, and were non-credible. No students or staff were in danger.

"Out of an abundance of caution, there will be additional police presence at Jefferson Middle School and the Alta Vista Campus throughout the day," Dubuque Schools said in its Facebook post.

Dubuque schools were on a 2-hour delay.