Chris Hoover

Chris Hoover

One student was responsible for three bomb threats made in April at Maquoketa High School, according to district superintendent Chris Hoover.

Hoover said Friday that he could not identify the student “due to confidentiality laws” but said the “same person did all of them.”

He also said he cannot comment on a “student discipline matter.” Hoover said actions such as the three written bomb threats April 2, April 26 and April 29 can result in disciplinary action as severe as suspension or expulsion.

High school students were dismissed around noon April 26 after students found a message with the word “bomb” written in the restroom. 

The April 29 bomb threat also was found in a high school restroom shortly before 10 a.m.

Police officers searched the building. “No credible threat” was discovered in any of the cases, Hoover said. 

Classes continued as usual at Maquoketa’s elementary and middle schools both days.

District officials hosted a high school assembly following the third bomb threat. At that assembly, officials emphasized the “see something, say something” approach, urging students to report anything about the situation.

Because the threats were found in bathrooms, all high school restrooms were locked, secured and unavailable for use. Only the restrooms in the new addition outside the office were to be used.

Hoover thanked school district administration, technology staff and the Maquoketa Police Department for resolving the situation. They studied surveillance video and questioned students, he said.

“Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to put student and staff safety as our number one priority,” district officials posted on social media Friday.