A comment made by one student to another about committing an act of violence at school was the cause of a lockdown at PCM schools Nov. 28. Superintendent Brad Jermeland gave an update to the situation the next day, stating a student reported the comment leading to the exterior lockdown while the comment was investigated.
“We thought the report to us was credible, and we, therefore, immediately took precautionary measures and alerted law enforcement. No harm occurred,” Jermeland said.
The precautionary action started at 2 p.m. and concluded when classes were released at the end of the day. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Police Department and Prairie City Police Department responded to the incident.
“I am sorry for this situation and for the worry it can create,” Jermeland said. “We appreciate the excellent response by our staff and the support of the local law enforcement agencies.”
Jermeland reiterated a statement he made in the immediate wake of the lockdown that the district is committed to providing parents and guardians with the latest and most accurate information available, but it’s first and foremost responsibility must be ensuring the safety of the students and staff.
In most cases, the district will post information on the district website or send communication through Infinite Campus or Iowa School Alerts as soon as it is able to do so, Jermeland said. In some cases, email messages and news media outlets will be used to distribute information.
Any person with questions or concerns can contact the district office.