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Authorities in Dubuque, Galena Investigating Possible School Threats

Investigations into possible threats prompted delays at schools in two Tri-State Area communities this morning. Authorities in both Dubuque and Galena now say the threats appear to have been non-credible.

In Galena, a juvenile suspect has been arrested after reportedly admitting to making the threat to schools there. Police say they began learning of the threats shortly before 9:00 last night. The threats had been sent to several high school students via social media. It’s not clear what kind of charges the suspect is facing. Galena Schools operated on a two-hour delay this morning.

Dubuque schools were also delayed two hours, a move intended to give administrators additional time to investigate potential threats. An email from the district says several students reported receiving a threat via social media last night as well. Threats mentioned both Jefferson Middle School and the district’s Alta Vista campus. School leaders worked with police to investigate the threats, which are believed to have been a copycat of the messages sent in Galena. While there doesn’t appear to have ever been any real danger to students or staff, there is an increased police presence at both Jefferson and the Alta Vista Campus today as a precaution.

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