Iberia School District investigating threat of 'mass violence' at high school, deputies on-hand for Thursday

IBERIA, Mo. -- An Iberia High School student will not be allowed on school property while police and the district investigate an alleged threat.

According to a release from Superintendent Lyndel Whittle, staff received a report from students Wednesday of a fellow student threatening an "act of mass violence" at the high school.

The district contacted the Miller County Sheriff's Department. Deputies will be at the high school Thursday as district leaders determine if the threat was valid.

The student, who was not identified by name, age or gender, could face disciplinary measures.

"We commend the reporting students for bringing this information to our attention, as it allowed us to respond quickly for the safety of our students," Whittle wrote.

The Iberia R-V School District serves 700 students as of 2018, according to numbers from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Iberia is about 15 miles east of Lake Ozark.