Automated bomb threats made to schools in U.S. and U.K., three in Iowa


DES MOINES/ MARION ─ Bomb threats were made to schools across the United States and United Kingdom Monday by automated phone calls, two of which were in the Des Moines area with another in the Cedar Rapids-Waterloo area.

According to WHO-HD in Des Moines, Altoona Elementary was evacuated around noon following an automated call of a bomb threat. Just a few hours later, the West Des Moines School District evacuated Valley High School due to a similar threat.

KWWL in Cedar Rapids-Waterloo reports that authorities in Marion are investigating a bomb threat made to Linn-Mar Excelsior Middle School. Students were evacuated to a nearby park.

Bomb threats were made in over a dozen other states across the country, including California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine,

A threat of terrorism charge is a Class ‘D’ felony and carries a maximum sentence of five years, with a maximum fine of $7,500 under Iowa law.

There is no information regarding the person or persons behind the automated calls, or if they will continue into the following days.

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