A teenager was taken into custody today for allegedly making threats that led to the lock down of four schools around Sioux City. Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew says the parents of 16-year-old Matthew Maxwell of Moville had not heard from him since 9:30 last night.
He had reportedly taken a gun to Siouxland Christian School on Monday and Tuesday. “We were concerned over some threats that were made and notified the schools. Siouxland Christian…the Sioux City Police did the lockdown there. We contacted Woodbury-Central, Lawton-Bronson, and Kingsley-Pierson,” Drew said.
All of those schools were locked down today as police searched for Maxwell, who is a former Woodbury-Central student and has ties to Lawton-Bronson. Drew said Maxwell had a firearm when he was found along a gravel road southeast of Moville, but he was taken into custody “without any incident.”
The teen was taken to a hospital for an evaluation. The Woodbury County Attorney is considering charges in the case.
(Reporting by Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City)