Three southeast Iowa teenagers have been arrested for threatening to shoot students and teachers at Central Lee High School, which is 15 miles north of Keokuk.
Authorities say the three teenage boys had written notes in a code language, listing students and faculty members who were their specific targets. Officers raided the homes of 15-year-old Jacob Schulte in Keokuk, 16-year-old Stephen Copeland in Donnellson and 17-year-old Dalton Bird in rural Franklin County. The raids turned up a hand gun and two shotguns.
All three weapons are owned by the teen’s parents. Central Lee School officials were tipped off about the plot by the youngest of the teens involved. All three of the alleged conspirators were arrested, but the 15-year-old was released into the custody of his grandmother. The other two remain in a juvenile detention facility.